Bronx, NY asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: What constitutes legal cat ownership?

We are fostering a special needs cat from a veterinary clinic which was also my fiancé’s employer. The Foster agreement was meant to lead into an adoption. However due to circumstances that were unavoidable she resigned her position. Now there is conflict with clinic which might lead to them trying to prevent the adoption. We have already paid money towards his vet bill.

Is there any protection from a vengeful former employer who may refuse the adoption because of the status of former employee?

Do we have a financial claim to his legal ownership?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Most fostering agreements do not contain provisions for ownership. Any legal rights that you may potentially have will be contained in the fostering agreement or through written or oral statements made by the employer.

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