Michigan Purebred Dog Rescue Alliance, Inc. Code of Ethics for Fostering Groups
This code of ethics for fostering groups was created by the Michigan Purebred Dog Rescue Alliance (MPDRA) for the benefit of its member organizations and the many shelters and adopters who work with those members. By signing on to this code of ethics, breed-placement groups indicate to shelters and potential clients that they abide by these principles and follow these practices. If a group is later accused of violating one or more of the conditions, MPDRA begins a grievance procedure and launches an investigation to determine if that organization should be removed from the list of signatories.
For help drafting a code of ethics, contact MPDRA, P.O. Box 222, Dexter, MI 48130; 734-662-5560.
For more information on working with breed-placement groups see the October 1993 issue of Shelter Sense.
As a member of the Michigan Purebred Dog Rescue Alliance, Inc. (MPDRA), I pledge to satisfy the following conditions:
- To maintain my rescue as a non-profit endeavor, whether my group is an organization recognized by the state and/or federal government, or the work of one or more private individuals.
- To conduct my rescue on a voluntary basis, receiving no compensation for rescue work.
- To restrict my MPDRA representation to no more than three recognized breeds, due to the time and knowledge required to uphold the best interests of each breed.
- To educate potential adopters about issues regarding their breed, i.e., temperament, health, training, care.
- To ensure that all volunteers in my rescue group are educated in their area of service, whether fostering, adoption screening, temperament evaluation, transportation, or educational outreach.
- To recommend specific purebred breeders to adopters desiring such information (when possible), but not to act as a general repository or adoption means for any breeder's unsold animals.
Fostered Animal Care
- To house rescue animals in my care under sanitary conditions, which meet or exceed all minimum standards as defined by local health and sanitation authorities.
- To provide appropriate routine veterinary care for fostered rescue animals, including regular inoculations, heartworm testing, and administration of preventive heartworm medication.
- To make adequate provisions to ensure that rescue animals are free of parasitic infestations.
- To provide appropriate food, clean water, and shelter for all animals in my care.
- To temperament test each animal and exercise good judgment to assure its suitability for placement. Rescue group will not knowingly place a vicious or otherwise seriously temperamentally unsound animal in an adoptive home.
- Rescue animals deemed unadoptable for reasons of health, temperament, or any other reason will be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian or certified euthanasia technician, and properly disposed of.
- To thoroughly interview potential adopters utilizing two or more methods (i.e., written application, phone interview, home visit, face-to-face interview) with the goal of placing all rescue animals in homes that are breed-appropriate and specifically appropriate to each individual animal.
- To require sterilization for all rescue animals. Rescue group will use a written sterilization contract and security deposit when sterilization is not performed pre-adoption. Rescue group will follow up on all sterilization contracts, making every effort to reclaim unsterilized pets within three months of contract sterilization date. The only exception to this requirement is with a veterinarian's written certification that sterilization should not be performed due to health problems.
- To review the current veterinary records of all other pets in the prospective adopter's home prior to placement of the rescued pet.
- To obtain landlord approval for prospective adopters who rent or lease their residence.
- To require that adopters be at least 18 years of age.
- To utilize a written adoption contract which fully discloses all health and temperament information about each rescue animal.
- To provide follow-up advice and assistance to adopters.
- To take back any rescue animal placed by my group at the request of an adopter. Refund of donation/fee is at the discretion of the rescue group.
- To maintain a waiting list of interested adopters when requests to adopt exceed available animals.
- In order to prevent their unlawful use, my rescue group will not release the original registration papers of any rescue animal to adopter, even if the animal is sterilized.
- To abide by all written contracts entered into with a releasing agency or person.
- To return phone calls to agencies/private owners with pets to place promptly. If I am unable to return calls promptly, I will make alternative provisions to have calls handled by another rescue representative, or if none is available, to leave information on my phone answering system as to when I will be available to take calls.
- To pay agreed-upon fees to releasing agencies for rescue pets, and agreed-upon expenses to private individuals who assist with acquisition, transportation, or temporary care of rescue pets.
- To conduct myself in a courteous manner in my rescue work such that my behavior brings credit to the image of the MPDRA and animal rescue in general.
- To provide an annual statistical report to the MPDRA each year.
- If incorporated, to provide a copy of our articles of incorporation and/or corporation bylaws to the MPDRA to be kept on file.