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Question: Are there breed restrictions for family pets when it comes to fostering in Arizona?

Question:  Are there breed restrictions for family pets when it comes to fostering in Arizona? 

(Submitted by Summer R.)

All agencies that license foster families are required to follow a list of guidelines that is set by the OCLR (Office of Certification, Licensing, and Regulation).  This includes regulations on family pets.  All pets are required to have an up-to-date vaccination record and be licensed by the appropriate county. Pets also need to be well-socialized so that they are not a danger to the children who come into a foster family’s care.  Currently, there are no restrictions on what breeds a foster family can have in order to be licensed.

Although OCLR does not have a breed restriction, some agencies do have their own policies when it comes to animals. If you are the owner of a bully breed or guard breed and are looking to foster, this is a great question to be sure to ask potential agencies as you are in the selection process. There are lots of agencies to choose from and it is always important to select an agency that best fits your family needs.

If you are interested in more information on how to foster, here is a link to the upcoming orientation schedules!

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