Dear Veteran: Thank you for your interest in our Vets Foster Pets program. We set up this program for two reasons. First, we would like to increase the number of skilled foster caregivers in the Baltimore area in order to rescue and save the lives of more dogs. Second, we would like to examine the relationship between fostering and leisure-time physical activity, health, and quality of life in Veterans.
If you would like to be a part of our research study, we require the following: (1) that you live in the Baltimore, MD area, (2) that you do not currently have a dog in your home, (3) that you do not have children younger than 12 years of age in your home, and (4) that you are willing and able to walk your foster dog daily, weather permitting.
This program provides a foster dog for a two month period, along with dog food, crate (if needed), leash, collar, harness, dog bed, and food and water bowls. We provide all medical care (spay, neuter, monthly preventatives, etc.) for the foster dog. After you complete and submit this foster application we will be in contact with you to set up the next steps (interview, home visit, etc.). The final step in this process will be to consent to participate in the research study.
Please complete and submit this application as completely as you can. If you have any questions regarding fostering for the Vets Foster Pets program, or this form in particular, please contact
Can you make a commitment to foster your rescue dog for two months?*
Will you (the Veteran) care for the dog (e.g. feeding, take outside for bathroom breaks, grooming if necessary)? Will someone else be available to help you with these tasks?*
How many ADULTS reside in your household? Please indicate the gender and age for all of them.*
How many CHILDREN reside in the household? Please indicate their gender and age*
If your household does not include children, please indicate whether children are regular or frequent visitors to your home.*
In what type of home do you live (e.g. apartment, town home, single-family home)?*
Do you own or rent your home? If you rent, do you have approval from your landlord to foster a dog? Please provide landlord's phone number so we may contact him/her.*
Please describe your yard (area, fenced, pool, etc.)*
Please indicate whether any members of your household have special needs.*
Does anyone living in the home smoke, and if so, do they smoke indoors?*
Indicate whether you have lived with a dog in the past. If so, please comment on your experience (good, bad, etc.).*
Do you have a preference for the age, gender, and/or size of the foster dog?*
Will you (the Veteran) agree to take daily walks with the dog? We recommend two-three walks per day between 10-20 minutes in length.*
Please describe the areas where you will walk with your dog (busy street, quiet street, path, etc.) *
How much time will your foster dog spend alone during the week and on the weekend?*
Do you agree to an initial visit to your home?
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two references (not family members).*
I understand that if I am approved to foster a dog through the Vets Foster Pets program I must fully read and sign the 'Foster Contract', which is a separate document from this application, and that this 'Foster Contract' is a legal contract between Vets Foster Pets rescues and a foster dog caregiver, and that this agreement must be signed before I am able to accept a foster dog for care into my home.*
I certify that the information entered on this application is true.*