Pet foster program of VAW shelter clients in Ottawa and surrounding areas

Become a Foster

Apply to become a SafePet Foster

Please complete the following questions as much as possible.

We have recently changed our foster home requirements to include the mandatory requirement for no children under 12 years of age living in the home. This is a security measure decided for the safety of young children and for the well being of our foster families and fostered animals alike.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work with women and animals being potential victims of violence, we screen all volunteers before granting them special privacy privileges. All content is kept strictly confidential with SafePet Ottawa. Only some information will be shared with the veterinary clinic caring for the fostered animal(s) in your care.

Volunteer Fosters are required to provide two references please— your veterinary clinic (if you’ve owned an animal in the past ten years) and anyone else of your choice.  Your vet is required mainly for emergency purposes.

Foster Application
Mr / Ms / Miss / Sir / Dr
*If residing in the same household as the Foster Applicant
Your Address
Street Address
Unit/Apt
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country
Please submit an email address that you monitor regularly
Please submit a phone number by which you can be reached at any hour of the day or night (for emergency purposes only)
An alternate phone number in case we can't reach you at your Main phone number
The ability to legally drive said vehicle is presumed.
Please answer with a numerical digit

References

Agreement to Terms

By clicking the "SUBMIT" button, you agree to the following statements:

  • I have read the information provided about the SafePet Ottawa Program (we will provide more information upon application approval).
  • I am over 18 years of age.

If you are applying to become a foster:

  • I understand that the pet I am fostering is the property of someone in crisis and any decisions regarding the pet and its future are fundamentally hers.
  • For safety reasons I agree not to have contact with the pet's owner or know her identity.
  • I am aware of potential risks associated with this Program and agree to abide by the procedures outlined in the Guidelines, including taking the pet only to the designated veterinary clinic.
  • I understand that the pet(s) may have lived in a stressful and/or abusive environment and may therefore be very stressed when they come into care.  SafePet Ottawa will not knowingly place a dangerous animal.
  • I agree to be personally responsible for the humane housing and care of the animal(s) I am fostering, and to be vigilant about safety for the pet.
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  • Cats must be kept indoors at all times, and dogs must be leashed at all times when in public and unfenced areas.
  • I agree not to travel with the pet nor leave it in the care of someone else (unless arrangements are made through SafePet Ottawa).
  • I certify that my own pets are up to date on all their regular annual or triennial vaccines (which include DHLPP and rabies for dogs, FVRCP and rabies for cats). Proof of litter testing may be accepted.
  • I acknowledge that, if for some reason I am unable to continue fostering, the pet is to be returned to SafePet Ottawa.
  • I agree not to sell, euthanize, or give away the pet that I am fostering.
  • I authorize SafePet Ottawa at its discretion to conduct an on-site inspection of the premises where the animal will be fostered and to check the references I have provided.
  • I agree to foster and be responsible for the pet for up to three months (or the time agreed to) after which the agreement can be extended or the animal returned to SafePet Ottawa to find another foster family. 

Thank you for applying to foster animals in need of safety.

Once your submission is received, a Volunteer Coordinator will approve your application and send you a username and password in a separate email. Further instructions will follow.