Hugo, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: The foster of the dog with my dog rescue does not communicate and I need to get the dog back. What action should I take?

The foster cannot be trusted and I need to get the dog back from her to the rescue. The foster was nice at first, said she wants to eventually adopt the dog. By regulations the dog can be adopted only after it is spayed. The clinic will be open in a few days and and appointment for spay can now be set. I contacted the foster about that and got no response. I tried to reach her many times via messages, email and phone. One number was disconnected - she did not let us know. The neighbor gave us her other number, but she does not answer the phone except one meaningless message I received yesterday. Another foster went to talk to her and heard a bunch of lies - that she recently talked to me, that because of covid-19 the dog is hers, that her phone doesn't work (it does). I need to get the dog back to her. How can I do this? I suspect she will not open the door if I come to her apartment.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: You can call the police and show them the paperwork that the dog is only a foster and that it belongs to the rescue. The police might help. Sometimes they don't, though. If they decline to help, then you will have to sue the foster in civil court to get the dog back. Sometimes a strongly worded letter from an attorney is enough to have the person return the dog, though. I would recommend talking to an attorney to help you.

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