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Foster Volunteer Information 

Please Read Before Completing the Volunteer Application

Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue Inc. exists to place stray or abandoned Dogue de Bordeaux in homes which will provide a high level of care. Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue will assist Dogue de Bordeaux owners, who, for any reason, can no longer provide a home for their dog.

Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue dogs will remain the property of Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue while in foster care. The Dogue de Bordeaux rescue dog will be surrendered immediately upon the request of the Regional Coordinator. Should legal action be necessary to reclaim a Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue dog, the foster home will be responsible for all legal fees incurred by Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue.

Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue makes no explicit or implicit guarantees in reference to health and/or temperament of the foster dog.  Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue cannot guarantee the health of any animal and shall not be held responsible for any expenses other than direct care for the foster dog that may be incurred as a result of housing the foster dog. Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue does not make any warranties regarding health, temperament or whether the animal is housebroken.

Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue will fund routine veterinary care. This includes vaccinations, heartworm testing and preventative, spay/neuters, fecal exams and any prescription medications necessary for the health of the foster dog(s). All veterinary appointments must be pre-approved by the Regional Coordinator. Expenditures incurred by the foster family, other than emergency care, without prior approval will be the sole responsibility of the foster family. All original veterinary paperwork should be kept, and a copy be emailed to the Regional Coordinator for the dog’s file. Bills for reimbursement must be sent to the Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue Treasurer. 

All dog in rescue must be micro chipped with Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue as the primary contact. 

No foster dog is to be transferred from the foster home to any other party without prior approval by the Regional Coordinator. The foster home must notify the Regional Coordinator if they will be away and care of the dog(s) is being left to someone other than another foster home. If the dog cannot be cared for in the foster home during an extended absence, Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue will make arrangements to either board the foster dog(s) or move it to another approved Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue foster home.

The foster family accepts liability for any and all damages that occur in connection with the fostering of Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue dog(s). The foster family agrees to release Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue from any and all claims, known and unknown, now or hereafter, arising in connection with the animal(s) while under the direct care of the foster family.

The Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue foster dog shall reside indoors, in the foster’s home, and live as a family member and companion. The dog will not be kept outdoors during the foster’s working hours, nor at any time be left alone outdoors while the foster family is not present. The foster dog(s) will be kept in the home as a family pet and may not be crated or isolated for excessive periods of time. When outside, dogs should be confined to a fenced-in yard or kennel, or kept on-leash. While in the home, dogs will get appropriate supervised house time and will not be left alone with children. The foster dog(s) must be on-leash and accompanied by an adult at all times when leaving the property; a copy of the dog’s rabies certificate must always accompany the dog when leaving the property. The foster dog(s) is/are not to be left alone with children under the age of 16 at any time. An adult is to be with the dog whenever there are any children around. The foster dog should be on leash and handled by an adult in the company of children other than those residing in the foster home.

The foster dog(s) will be fed, watered, exercised, and socialized appropriately. The foster home will not be compensated for expenses incurred in the normal daily care of the animal(s) (i.e. food, toys, grooming, etc). However, these items will be provided to each foster home when Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue has them available. 

While the Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue foster dog(s) is/are in foster care they should receive training in basic obedience, house training (potty training) and house manners. Training collars or halters will only be used when walking the dog on a leash or during obedience classes. Prong or shock collars are to be used only with prior approval from the Board of Directors. 

All foster families are encouraged to join the Volunteer Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue Facebook group. The foster family will continually evaluate the foster dog(s) and report changes in behavior that may require re-evaluation of the foster dog(s) to the Regional Coordinator. 

The foster family will be responsible for writing up bios and providing photos of the foster dog for the Dogue de Bordeaux web page and updating them regularly. 

The foster family shall refrain from physical abuse or mistreatment of the foster dog(s) and from otherwise treating the dog(s) in an inhumane manner. This includes, but is not limited to non-physical abuse, such as yelling at the dog, and depriving the dog of activities.

Prior to sending the foster dog(s) to an approved adoptive home, the foster family must complete an Adoption Contract with the family, discussing the contract with them. Contracts will be emailed to the foster family in their complete form, ready for signature.

The foster dog(s) will be adopted to a permanent home only with the approval of the Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue Regional Coordinator, and only applicants pre-approved by Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue may visit the foster dog(s) in the foster home.

Foster Families work with Regional Coordinators to determine whether the approved, potential adoptive family is the appropriate home for the foster dog(s). The foster family should not send a dog home with a family they feel is not suitable for the foster dog(s).

Questions or problems with the foster dog(s) should be directed to the Regional Coordinator. If there is a need to remove the dog(s) from the foster home, arrangements will be made to have the dog removed as soon as possible.

The foster home has the first option to adopt the dog they are fostering at the adoption fee. The foster family may not adopt a dog they are fostering after it has been shown to a potential adopter. If the foster family would like to adopt the foster dog, the Regional Coordinator should be notified before arrangements are made to show the dog to applicants.

In all matters of Bordeaux rescue, the welfare of the breed shall be the prime consideration. If a conflict exists between the welfare of a particular Bordeaux and the welfare of the breed, the welfare of the breed shall take precedence.


Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 corporation dedicated to the Dogue de Bordeaux