Finder Foster – Foster Legal Considerations with Shelter PALS

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What is a "Finder Foster" program - how does it work, how long do finders need to hold an animal and what are other important legal aspects of these programs?

In this course you’ll learn how Finder Foster programs can help you reunite more animals with their families, promote animal well-being and minimize stress by reducing time spent in the shelter, and reserve resources for animals who really do need to come in—all by engaging people who are already helping animals in your community.

As part of the Maddie’s®️ Million Pet Challenge’s Learniverse program, we’ve asked a legal expert to help us understand these important details.  We’ll be using the state of California and its legal requirements for these programs as an example.  You’ll want to speak to your own legal counsel to make sure your area (state, county, city or other locality) doesn’t have different regulations in place.

This short, self-paced course has been approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by National Animal Care and Control Association. 

This course has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit until July 25, 2024 in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Upon completing the course and passing the quiz, upload your certificate to This is the broker used by the AAVSB to track your continuing education credits.

PLEASE CONTACT: if you have any questions or concerns about this course.

Learn more about the Maddie’s®️ Million Pet Challenge Learniverse.  #ThankstoMaddie

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