NOTE: It is the Foster’s responsibility to make sure they are in compliance with the laws of their respective jurisdictions for any per-household limits on animals. For example, in Prince George’s County and D.C. a permit is required to have 5 or more animals in a household. Also it is the Fosters responsibility to make sure their animals don’t cause an unsanitary, dangerous, or offensive conditions, and they must not be a public nuisance. To find out the specific codes and laws for an area please contact the Animal Services Division of your local government.
If the foster home is not in compliance and animals’ lives are in jeopardy, then steps need to be taken to immediately correct the situation or remove the animals.
If the non-compliance is less egregious, the foster should be given a limited amount of time to correct the situation. During that period of time (1-3 months depending on the issue), the foster may continue to foster current animals but no new ones will be placed in his/her home. At the end of the time period, the foster home should be re-evaluated. If the foster is still not in compliance, a decision needs to be made by the cat/dog coordinator, in consultation with the Board, as to whether (if there are fosters remaining) the animals should be left to give the foster more time (1 month extension) or the animals should be removed.
The cat/dog coordinator, in consultation with the Board, can begin to slowly reestablish the foster home, and place a limited number of animals in the home. Home should be monitored, if necessary. However, if it is an egregious violation, PAW may decide not to reinstate a foster home.
PAW has the right to the return of the animal to PAW care/control if this occurs. The Board should decide what financial resources will be applied to getting the animal back.