The Roanoke Valley SPCA often accepts animals in need of extra care and attention, such as orphaned kittens, newborn litters of kittens, and kittens/cats recovering from illness or injuries. Volunteer foster parents will provide temporary care for these animals in their home. This includes feeding, socializing, medicating (if necessary), grooming and training foster animals. Foster parents will return all foster animals to the Roanoke Valley SPCA at the scheduled time, or at any time upon request of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. The Roanoke Valley SPCA will provide foster parents with nearly everything they will need. Foster parents will provide the love, patience and dedication their foster animals need.
Only one person’s name per household can be on the foster application and contract. Do not put more than one person’s name on the application. You MUST be at least 18 years old to foster with the Roanoke Valley SPCA. All questions must be answered. Incomplete applications will NOT be approved and you will NOT be contacted if you submit an incomplete application.
Foster’s must reside within one hour drive of the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
Foster’s must have voicemail set up and able to receive messages on their phone.
Contact Information Name as Seen on Photo ID * Physical Street Address *
(Where pet will reside while in foster.)
Which locality do you live in? * Home Phone Cell Phone Work Phone Email Address *
What is the best way to reach you? Home Phone Cell Phone Work Phone Emergency Contact Name *
In the event of an emergency where we cannot reach you, please provide the name and phone number of another contact who will be able to get ahold of you.
Emergency Contact Phone *
Pet Experience Are you 18 years of age or older? * My household is able to foster: (check all that apply) * Have you ever cared for a sick or injured cat? Please describe. * Are you able to transport the cat(s) to and from this shelter or other vet offices without the assistance of another individual? * I have experience giving oral or topical medication to cats. * I am comfortable giving medications to cats. *
Housing Information Including yourself, how many people of the following ages live in your house? Please fill in the boxes. Age range
0-3 How many males 0-3? How many females 0-3? Age range
4-9 How many males 4-9? How many females 4-9? Age range
10-17 How many males 10-17? How many females 10-17? Age range
18-29 How many males 18-29? How many females 18-29? Age range
30-59 How many males 30-59? How many females 30-59? Age range
60+ How many males 60+? How many females 60+?
Foster Information Who will be responsible for the care of the foster cat? * Why do you want to foster a cat? * How long are you able to foster a cat? * Are you able to keep the foster cat separate from your pets? * If the foster cat becomes ill, what would you do? * Have you or anyone in your household ever been convicted of any animal related misdemeanor or felony offense? *
List the following for ALL of the dogs and cats currently in your household. If you do not have any type none.
Pet Name Pet Age Species Spayed/Neutered Do you have another pet? Pet Name Pet Age Species Spayed/Neutered More pets
If you have more pets, please list: name, age, species and if spayed/neutered. All pets must be listed.
In order to be approved to foster for the Roanoke Valley SPCA, all animals in your home must be vaccinated against rabies. You may upload a photo or pdf of rabies certificate(s) below. We will NOT approve your application without the records. *
If you have no other pets, please upload a photo of your choosing. While a current Rabies Vaccination is required, we HIGHLY recommend that your pets are up to date on all vaccines and preventative care as outlined by your veterinarian. We recommend you speak with your veterinarian about your volunteer foster work and what they recommend for your unique situation.
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Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB. Have you fostered for another shelter or rescue group before? * If yes, please share the organization name and location. What, if any, behavioral issues (for personal or foster pets) have you dealt with in the past? *
i.e. mouthing, kennel cough, housetraining, etc.
What, if any, medical issues (for personal or foster pets) have you dealt with in the past? *
i.e. broken leg, upper respiratory infection, parvo, etc.
Disclosures Zoonotic Disease Disclosure *
Zoonotic diseases are those that can be passed form other species to humans. Examples are ringworm, tapeworm, roundworms and rabies. We impress upon all fosters that safe handling techniques and hygiene are important elements of sharing our home with pets. Washing hands after handling and monitoring the health and behavior of the animals in your care is critical. Please understand that most young cats and kittens arriving at the shelter have had no previous veterinary care and may expose your companion animals and/or you to disease. While the occurrence of disease transmission is rare, please understand that the Roanoke Valley SPCA cannot assume financial, medical or veterinary responsibility for any transmissions that may occur to yourself, your family or companion animals.
Anyone who is pregnant or may become pregnant or has a compromised immune system should consult their physician before welcoming a foster pet into their home. I have have read and understand the possible risks of fostering animals in your home. Accuracy of Information *
The information that you have provided the Roanoke Valley SPCA is correct to the best of your knowledge. If at any time the information you have provided changes, please provide an updated Foster Care Application to the RVSPCA.
I have read and understand the above items and attest that the information I have provided is accurate.
Code of Conduct Roanoke Valley SPCA Foster Volunteer Statement of Principles and Acknowledgement *
It is the mission of the Roanoke Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the “RVSPCA”) to create a community where there are no homeless cats or dogs. We appreciate your interest in helping us with this worthy endeavor. We could not do all we do with out the dedication of our many volunteers. Below is the Statement of Volunteer Principles for you to read and sign.
– I agree to conduct myself in a courteous and professional manner as a foster volunteer and as a representative of the RVSPCA.
– I understand the importance of honoring my commitment to foster with the RVSPCA. I will notify the Foster Coordinator if I am unable to fulfill my commitment for any reason.
– I agree that my services are provided on a volunteer basis without pay or compensation of any kind and all services are to be performed at my own risk.
– I understand that as a foster volunteer, I am responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information I am exposed to as a foster volunteer. This includes information that may involve a paid employee, volunteer, client, or other person.
– I hereby allow the RVSPCA to use any photographs taken of me on property or at a special event for public relation purposes.
– I understand that my foster volunteer assignment with the RVSPCA may be terminated at any time.
– I certify that I have never been convicted of a felony; charged with or convicted of domestic abuse or neglect; charged with or convicted of animal cruelty, neglect or abandonment; or subject to a civil proceeding to terminate ownership rights in a dog, cat or other companion animal.
– I understand and am able to abide by the following pledge adopted by the Humane Society for the United States to encourage humane discourse and conduct within the animal welfare community:
In conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States, I reject and condemn verbal abuse, threats, and acts of violence directed against animal welfare personnel. There is no place in the humane movement for physical or verbal intimidation, violence, or acts of terrorism. Such behavior is wholly inconsistent with a core ethic of promoting compassion and respect, and undermines the credibility of the entire animal welfare movement. Our goal must be to affirm the value and integrity of all life, whether animal or human, and to encourage others to do likewise. Verbal attacks, threats, harassment, defamation, and acts of violence, moreover, do not ultimately help animals. Instead, they eliminate opportunities for dialogue, collaboration and cooperation, making our shared goals, including that of ending the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals, harder to achieve. A free and respectful exchange of views in the ongoing national conversation about animal welfare practices, including animal sheltering practices, is the standard to which humane organizations and communities should aspire and adhere.
I will do my best to represent this organization as a volunteer. I will take ideas, constructive comments, suggestions, and criticisms directly to the Volunteer Coordinator and agree to be supervised by the Volunteer Coordinator or assigned team leader. If communication concerns develop between employees and me, I will report them to the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as possible. I have read and agree to abide by this stated code of conduct.
ACCURACY OF INFORMATION
The information that you have provided the Roanoke Valley SPCA is correct to the best of your knowledge. If at any time the information you have provided changes, please provide an updated Foster Care Application to the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
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