It is strongly recommended that you print this page for future reference please read this page completely before actually submitting any pets needing a foster home. We retain the right to decline any request if requirements are not adhered to except in rare situations.
Deployments for our foster home program relate to where a unit or members of a specific unit (single or dual military) have received deployment orders related to a combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission only with a foster term up to 1 year (depending on branch of service).
When possible, please submit pet’s information at least 30 days prior to “Foster Home Needed No Later Than” date. The more time we have the better we will be able to assist you.
Note: Submissions received with is less than 21 days between time of submission and a foster home is needed, may require the pet to be boarded at the legal pet owner’s expense.
Step 1: Legal military pet owner or their authorized representative submits the appropriate pet submission document (one submission per pet being submitted)
Note: If the legal military pet owner wishes his/her “authorized representative to submit the above pet submission form(s), then the legal military pet owner needs to send an email to our National office (email@example.com) Subject Line: Authorized Representative – Body of Email: provide legal per owner’s name, pet name or names involved, state involved, the individual authorized person’s name, contact phone number, email address, and relationship to the legal military pet owner.
Step 2: Letter from your Command (on Command letterhead) (1) confirming your deployment orders related to a combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian type mission, (2) that your pet will possibly be placed in a registered foster home through the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet “Foster Home” program and (3) they may contact our National office (254-248-1818) if something occurs at your end or (4) our National office may contact the command in a rare instance if need be.
Step 3: If applicable Letter from Spouse or Child’s Primary Care Physician (on Physician’s letterhead) OR the “Exceptional Family Medical Program” (EFMP) case worker confirming the major medical/handicap situation (i.e., MS, Autism) impacting the spouse’s ability to care for the family pet(s) during such deployment. This letter is required where the immediate family’s (spouse and children) ability is impacted to care for family pet or pets due to a major medical or handicap situation.
Step 4: Copy of each submitted pet’s current veterinarian records which shows (1) required vaccinations including Bordetella are current (last date shots given and next date shots to be given), (2) pet is altered, (3) has been tested for Heartworm (results negative), and (4) record pet is Micro-chipped.
Note: Though we do not require a pet entering our program to be Micro-chipped, we do recommend as an additional safety precaution that such is done.
Note: Step 2, 3 and 4 documents are to be faxed to our National office via Fax # 877-788-8048 as soon as possible so the assigned coordinator can begin to assist you. These documents must be received by our National office before any pets are placed into specific foster homes.
In addition the legal military/veteran pet owner or their authorized representative is responsible for the following:
1. Respond to phone calls or emails from the assigned Foster Coordination Liaison (FCL) volunteer as quickly as possible. In delay to do so may impact how quickly we can assist. If you have not received a reply to calls or emails to the assigned FCL after a 48 hour time period, please contact our National office via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Subject Line: (State) – (MSM Last Name) – (Pet Name)
Example: IL – Jones – Pet Rover
Note: If you have found a foster home on your own, please email the assigned FCL and our National office of such, so the FCL can continue assisting other clients and the potential foster home may be a good fit for another beloved pet.
2. Participate in a “Meet & Greet” with the potential foster home between you, your pet, the family, and their pets to determine if this is a good fit for your pet and they are comfortable caring for your pet or pets.
3. If both parties are comfortable then you and the chosen foster home are required to prepare and sign the Fostering Written Agreement (FWA). The “FWA” will be provided as an attachment to the “Meet & Greet” email to both legal military pet owner and the chosen Foster Home. Be sure to read the whole agreement and any questions should be directed to the assigned Foster Coordination Liaison (FCL).
Note: The “FWA” is a binding document for all parties involved so where information is to be entered, please do so. Each party needs to retain a copy of the prepared/signed document.
4. The Foster Home caregiver is to fax a copy of the prepared/signed document to our National office (Fax 877-788-8048) within 5 days after the pet or pets are placed in such home.
Failure to prepare and sign the FWA will be recognized as between you and the foster home only and outside of the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet area of responsibility or ability to assist with any issues that may arise during foster term. For your protection and that of your pet a FWA is required to be prepared and signed by both parties.
Updated: 25 June 2018