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Get Started On Your Foster Journey. You'll be so glad you did.

Thank you for your interest in fostering a 'Hearing Dog Hopeful' with International Hearing Dog, Inc. (IHDI). While this may be a long application, we know you understand why it is important for us to get to know you! Our dogs are excited to meet you and have weekend adventures around town or a cozy nights in with you.

First Name *
Last Name *
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Do you need any special accommodations like sign language interpreter, clear face shield or face mask for lip reading, etc.?
Does everyone in the home know about your application to foster?
Does everyone agree to an interview?
Do you own or rent your home?
If you rent, is your landlord aware of your intent to foster?
*By filling this information out, you are allowing a representative through IHDI to contact your landlord for approval to foster.
Do you agree to a home visit?
**If you have current dogs in the home, we will need to see vaccination records that your dog is up to date on all required vaccines prior to fostering.
Do you have any experience in training with these behaviors?
What size dog you would like to foster?* Check all that apply.
What type of fostering time frame are you looking for? Check all that apply.
What type of fostering experience are you interested in? Check all that apply.
Would you be interested in becoming a puppy raiser for IHDI when it becomes available?
*By filling out this information, you agree to allow a representative from IHDI to contact your veterinary reference.
*By filling out these references, you agree to allow a representative from IHDI to contact your character references.


This is not a foster to adopt opportunity. These dogs are all service dog candidates and you will be expected to uphold IHDI's training, guidelines, and procedures. If you are not following the guidelines, training, and/or procedures, IHDI reserves the right to terminate you from our foster program.

IHDI reserves the right to refuse a foster at any time for any reason and the foster parent reserves the right to refuse a foster dog at any time for any reason.

IHDI determines the criteria for fostering, decides which animals are eligible to foster, and all guidelines for training and care.

IHDI retains ownership of all dogs placed in foster care and will make all decisions regarding placement, acceptance into our hearing dog program, training, feeding, care, and medical treatment of all dogs being fostered.

All foster dogs through IHDI are NOT permitted to go to dog parks. Violations of this rule will result in termination from IHDI's foster program.

The foster parent will be required to make and record detailed observations at all times. All reports will be submitted online through the foster portal. The foster will also be required to provide these observations and training methods to IHDI staff and trainers upon request and/or at drop off of the foster dog.

IHDI does not make any guarantee relating to the animals' health, temperament, behaviors, or actions.

IHDI is not responsible for any property damage or personal injury suffered by you, members of your household, including your own animals or any third parties. It is the foster parent's responsibility to provide adequate controls to prevent such damage or injury.

Although these foster dogs are 'in training' to become hearing dogs, as a foster parent you do not have the same rights as the person with disabilities or the certified trainer and therefore not protected under the ADA law. You can only bring the foster dog with you to approved dog friendly places. Further, bringing the dog with you in public is only allowed with the approval of an IHDI staff member and proper training. 

**By signing this application, you have read through and agree to 'all the things to consider'. 

First Name *
Last Name *

** Submission of this application does not guarantee your acceptance into our foster program. Approval will be determined on the review of your application, interview of the whole household, background check and a home visit.

Thank you so much for your interest in fostering with IHDI!

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