The Foster Experience

Open Your Heart And Home

One of our most precious resources are our foster homes. Without an adequate number of foster homes we are limited in how many Goldens we can take in at one time.

The principle behind fostering is to provide a home environment in order to evaluate the dog’s habits and behavior as well as any other information that will assist the new owner.

GRRMF needs caring, responsible Golden lovers to join our foster home team by opening their hearts and homes to our rescue Goldens. Below are frequently asked questions about our foster program. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at

What will I need to do as a foster parent?ReneeSurferGirlsmall

Foster homes are responsible for the daily care of the foster dog. This includes feeding, exercising, socializing, grooming, and reinforcing basic obedience commands. You will also be observing and evaluating general behavior and temperament and of course, providing love and security to a special Golden during a major transition time in their life.

How long does a dog stay in foster care?

The foster stay varies with each dog. All GRRMF foster dogs stay in foster care at least two weeks. Many need more time in foster care, and dogs with special needs may need to stay in foster care for a period of months. It really depends on the individual dog’s

Do I have to be home with the dog all day?

No. Many foster family members are employed outside the home and still provide a quality environment for the dog. We do require that any time you are unable to directly supervise the foster dog that he or she must be confined to a small, secure area preferably a training crate. This results in a safe, secure place for the dog and keeps concern for the foster family’s safety and home in the forefront.

Do I need a fenced yard?

A fenced yard is preferred. Your dogs must NEVER be allowed to run free. The golden may be exercised off leash only in a securely fenced yard. Outside the yard the dog must be on leash at ALL times.

May I choose which dogs I foster?

The application allows you to set limits on the kinds of dogs you foster. You may always decline a dog and if your foster dog proves too much for you to handle, we can place them elsewhere.2_February_TristanHolliday

How much does it cost?

Lack of funds should not prevent you from fostering, but you will have some expenses such as quality dog food, dog bowls, toys, dog beds or anything else you choose to purchase for your foster. Necessary veterinary care is provided by authorized veterinarians and paid for by GRRMF. Medications including monthly heartworm preventative are provided as well.

What happens if I have questions or problems with a foster dog?

All foster homes receive our “Foster Home Manual” which provides guidance on handling all aspects of fostering. Each foster home is assigned to a GRRMF Foster Coordinator for mentoring and guidance. Being a foster home is extremely rewarding.  Most rescue dogs are already housebroken or quickly learn good habits. Some may be ill or may have had little socialization or obedience training. We find that when given a chance, these dogs not only improve, they flourish in foster care.

What if we want to travel?

If you are fostering and want to go away for a weekend or take a vacation, the foster dog can be returned to the foster coordinator’s care while you are away. Just arrange in advance as soon as you know and we will reserve a spot.

Will I become attached to my foster dog?

Yes, of course. But, when you meet the new family who is ready to provide a permanent loving home you will feel more than satisfied to see your foster move on to begin their new and better life.2009april didi gibbs

What if I want to adopt the golden I am fostering?

Please remember that many families have filled out their application and are waiting for our call. Although we do allow fosters to adopt from our program, many of our foster dogs are tentatively matched with adoption applicants while the dog resides in your care.  Fosters that want to adopt need to notify the adoption team as soon as possible so the request may be considered.

I would like to foster. What do I do next?

If you are interested in fostering, please fill out an adoption application. Since we screen both foster and adoptive homes using the same requirements, we use the same application for both. PLEASE NOTE: there is no application fee required for foster home applicants. We look forward to getting your application.

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