Minnesota Attorney for Animal Foster and Rescue

Fostering or Rescuing Dogs

When fostering or rescuing a dog, you may also be assuming legal responsibility for the dog's behavior. As foster and rescue dogs may have been sourced from puppy mills or neglected by prior irresponsible owners, taking in a rescue dog requires both great commitment and daily diligence. Make no assumption about whether the dog you have embraced could bite or attack another.

Unless you have had a long history with foster or rescue dogs or have a reliable favorable history about the dog you now have, it is best to behave as if you have a special needs dog with unpredictable behavior. It is important for you to learn the body language of the dog in your care, including dropping her tail, raising his hackles, or baring her teeth. With knowledge, you are more able to diffuse a situation before it even begins. You also may want to become adept at reading the body language of dogs, as well as humans, passing by. This way, you increase the odds that you can avoid a dog fight. If your dog has a known history of aggression, you may be held to a higher duty than others. Be vigilant if you take the dog to a dog park, too.

If you have a foster or rescue dog that gets into trouble, it is wise to give Barbara Gislason an immediate call. As an experienced animal lawyer, Barbara can make sure you know and understand your rights and obligations and those of the rescue organization or foster entity. She can also help you address insurance concerns and also, to take whatever action you can to avoid being a criminal defendant. If you have already been charged, she can help you achieve a desirable outcome. Give Barbara a call to understand your rights if the companion animal or pet in your care gets into trouble.

Animal Foster and Rescue Contracts

Foster and rescue groups vary considerably with regard to contractual obligations, so it is wise to bring your contract and any amendments thereto with you when meeting with Barbara. Contract provisions may affect the subject of civil liability and civil fines if a dog bite or injury occurs.

Barbara Gislason represents a variety of rescue groups and helps them develop internal procedures and methods that may reduce the likelihood of inconsistent or confusing communications to foster and rescue families. Barbara can help foster and rescue groups address how to improve their effectiveness as people come and go in these primarily volunteer based entities. She helps her rescue and foster clients understand changing statutes and how judge made common laws affect legal outcomes. She also helps rescue and foster groups understand how the Uniform Commercial Code may impact them. On animal subjects, Barbara helps foster and rescue groups understand their legal rights and obligations. She also assists them in reviewing and revising their contracts and internal procedures if requested.

She helps rescue groups problem solve when an animal has been surrendered and the foster or rescue group's title or ownership of the pet or companion animal is challenged. There can be institutional challenges at the time of surrender as to whether a dog is owned, co-owned, lost, or abandoned. Barbara helps rescue and foster groups keep or acquire legal rights to a dog or other animal that has been cruelly treated, neglected, or abandoned. Her efforts are pioneering.

Utilizing a hands-on, common sense approach, Minnesota attorney Barbara J. Gislason deals with animal law legal disputes and helps rescue and foster groups, as well as foster and rescue families, understand their legal rights pertaining to animals and develop winning strategies.

Contact Us Today

Call the Twin Cities Law Office of Barbara J. Gislason in Anoka County at 763-220-2983 or toll free at 800-491-6432, or email the firm to arrange a reduced fee consultation.