Waivers & Liability Release Forms

This document includes the following items:

  • Liability and Media Release Form for Minors
  • Volunteer Waiver & Release Form
  • Waiver of State Compensation Benefits
  • Tetanus Waiver
  • Rabies Waiver

Liability and Media Release Form for Minors

The San Francisco SPCA has permission to use any and all photographs taken of my child and to include his/her name in materials that promote Society services or Society programs, or to publicize any event without payment or notification. I understand that all prints and negatives become the sole property of the Society and may be used by the Society without payment or notification. I understand that my child will be participating in activities that could include radio, TV, or internet coverage.

I also understand that my child will be working with animals belonging to staff, volunteers, and the shelter with adult supervision. Because some of these are shelter animals, the SF SPCA does not always know their history. Animals, even under the best of circumstances, may be unpredictable, may bite or scratch, and may transmit zoonotic diseases. I hereby release and discharge the SF SPCA and owners of individual animals, from all actions, claims, or demands that we or our heirs, personal representatives, or assigns may have for injuries or property damage resulting from a program of the SF SPCA.

Volunteer Waiver & Release Form

I, the legal parent or guardian, agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the SF SPCA, its officers, directors, and employees for any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, liabilities, settlement agreements, damages, expenses and suits at law or in equity to my personal property or the property of my child that arise out of my child performing services for the SF SPCA, its officers, directors or employees, or participating in SF SPCA programs. I recognize that in handling animals while performing services for the SF SPCA, a risk of injury exists, including but not limited to, personal physical harm. On behalf of myself, my heirs, assignees, guardians, and personal and legal representatives and executors, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the SF SPCA, its officers, directors and employees for any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, liabilities, settlement agreements, damages, and expenses connected with my child’s services to the SF SPCA whether caused directly or indirectly by any negligence (active or passive) attributable to the SF SPCA, its officers, directors, or employees. In connection with this release, I expressly waive the provisions of the California Civil code, section 1542, which provides as follows:

A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time or executing the release, which if known to him or her must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.

I understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering at the SF SPCA. I therefore agree on behalf of myself, my heirs, assignees, guardians, and personal and legal representatives and executors to allow the SF SPCA to use any photographs and images taken of my child in the Society’s public relations efforts and without payment. The SF SPCA has permission to use any and all photographs or images of my child and to include his/her name in materials that promote Society services or Society programs, or to publicize any event without payment or notification. I understand that all prints and negatives become the sole property of the Society and may be used by the Society without payment or notification. I understand that my child will be participating in activities that could include radio, TV, marketing, or internet coverage. I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the terms and conditions of the foregoing Volunteer Waiver and Release and, that as the legal parent or guardian, agree and will comply with the same.

Waiver of State Compensation Benefits

Under our Workers’ Compensation policy, SF SPCA volunteers are not classified as “employees” and are therefore ineligible for Workers’ Compensation coverage for injuries that might be sustained while volunteering for the SF SPCA. However, because our volunteers are so important to us, we have an alternative medical insurance policy that provides limited coverage for injuries that were sustained while a volunteer was working for the Society. The SF SPCA strongly recommends that each volunteer maintain his or her own medical insurance. If a volunteer is injured performing an SF SPCA volunteer job, an SF SPCA Injury Report must be completed as soon as possible following the injury, whether or not the volunteer intends to file a claim. If a volunteer intends to file a claim, The SF SPCA must be notified in writing within 10 days of the injury so the Society’s insurance company can start the claim process. If the 10-day requirement is not met, the claim may be invalid and the benefit denied.

Tetanus Waiver

The SF SPCA feels it is important for all volunteers to be current on their tetanus vaccination if they will be handling animals as an SF SPCA volunteer. If a volunteer has questions about the tetanus vaccination, he or she is encouraged to consult a physician, at the volunteer’s own expense, to decide whether or not to be vaccinated against tetanus. I, as the legal parent or guardian, have read, understand and agree to the above tetanus waiver. Furthermore, I release the San Francisco SPCA from all responsibility that may occur because of my child not being vaccinated against tetanus and I understand that whatever decision I make regarding vaccinations for my child is at my own risk.

Rabies Waiver

The SF SPCA offers its volunteers who handle animals reimbursement up to $50 if the volunteer chooses to undergo and completes a rabies pre-exposure vaccination series. SF SPCA volunteers are advised to discuss this vaccination series with a physician, at their own expense, prior to making a decision on whether or not to pursue this pre-exposure rabies vaccination series. If an SF SPCA volunteer who handles animals chooses to have the pre-exposure rabies vaccination, reimbursement t will be made by the Society only after receipt of written documentation from a physician that the series has been completed. I, as the legal parent or guardian, have read, understand and agree to the above rabies waiver. Furthermore, I release the SF SPCA from all responsibility that may occur because of my child not pursuing the pre-rabies exposure vaccination series and I understand that whatever decision I make regarding this vaccination for my child is at my own risk.