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Animal Shelter Liability Agreement

  1. Indemnification, waiver of liability, and release of claims

    I have asked and received permission from the City of Forney, Texas (“City”), to participate as a volunteer with the City of Forney Animal Shelter, currently located at 701 Holly Leaf Trail (“Shelter”). I understand that the Shelter houses dogs, cats and other domestic animals (collectively “Animals”) that may be homeless, abandoned or lost, and which Animals may also be injured and/or diseased. I will be permitted to participate voluntarily in the activities associated with the care and handling of Animals being held at the Shelter, including, but not limited to, taking in, cleaning, feeding, playing with, walking and returning or releasing such Animals to their respective owners or adopting owners. I may also, at my personal request, be allowed to walk Animals in, around and about the Shelter’s facilities and adjacent or nearby areas. 

    I am participating as a volunteer based solely on my own initiative, risk, and responsibility. I fully understand that I may be exposed to risks while serving as a volunteer in, at, around and about the Shelter and the Animals, and I hereby voluntarily assume any and all such risks whether anticipated or unanticipated, known or unknown. I understand, and by this Indemnification, Waiver of Liability, and Release of Claims (“Release”) acknowledge, that the City does not assume any responsibility or obligation to provide financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability insurance, in the event of injury, illness, death or property damage. Further, I understand and acknowledge that the City encourages and expects me, in signing this Release, to carry personal liability or health insurance before registering as a volunteer. 

    IN CONSIDERATION OF THE PERMISSIONS EXTENDED TO ME TO PARTICIPATE AS A VOLUNTEER, I DO HEREBY VOLUNTARILY AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS, INDEMNIFY AND RELEASE, WAIVE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE THE CITY OF FORNEY AND/OR THE SHELTER, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS, AND EMPLOYEES, IN BOTH THEIR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CAPACITIES, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES, CLAIMS, SUITS, DEMANDS, OR CAUSES OF ACTION FROM PERSONAL INJURY, ILLNESS, OR PROPERTY DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS AND ANY SURVIVAL CAUSE OF ACTION, THAT MAY BE ASSERTED AGAINST ME AND/OR THE CITY AND/OR WHICH I PERSONALLY MAY NOW OR HEREAFTER POSSESS THEREFOR, WHICH COULD IN ANY WAY RESULT FROM, ARISE OUT OF OR RELATE TO MY SERVICE AS A VOLUNTEER, THE ACTS OF ANY THIRD PERSONS, OR THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE CITY OF FORNEY AND/OR THE SHELTER. IT IS MY INTENT THAT THIS RELEASE SHALL BE BINDING UPON MY HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND ASSIGNS. 

    It is further agreed that the execution of this Release, entered into under the laws of the State of Texas and the performance of which shall take place in Kaufman County, Texas, shall not constitute a waiver by the City of Forney of the defense of its government immunity, when applicable, or any other defense recognized by the courts of this State or any federal court under state or federal law.

     It is further agreed that I grant and convey unto the City all right, title and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by the City during my participation as a City volunteer, including any benefits, financial or otherwise, that may be derived from such images or recordings. 

    I agree to perform my services as a volunteer for the City without compensation and agree and acknowledge that, in performing said services, I am not acting as an employee or official of the City of Forney.

     I am over 18 years of age, am of sound mind, and execute this Indemnification, Waiver of Liability, and Release of Claims freely and voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance. 

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