SHORT-TERM KEEPERS of the GOLD NEEDED!!!
The Power to Save a Life is in Your Hands
GRATEFUL GOLDENS RESCUE of the LOW COUNTRY is limited in the number of Goldens we can help only by a lack of host homes. We normally receive several requests a week to help Goldies in need. In the last several months this has been increasing, possibly as a result of the down turn in the economy. Please take a moment to read the following and consider opening up your hearts and homes to save the life of a Golden. They are depending on us to give them a chance at a life full of love.
Q: Who should consider fostering?
A: If you have been considering the addition of a furkid to the family but aren't in a position to make a life long commitment - fostering may be for you.
If you are missing the companionship of having a dog but are not in the area permanantly, maybe in school, the military, etc. and now isn't the time to commit to a full-time dog - fostering may be for you.
If you are retired and are only in the area part-time or travel periodically but miss having a fur presence in your home - fostering may be for you.
If you are responsible and want to provide a loving, safe home for a Goldie in need - fostering may be for you.
Q: What does a foster home do?
A: Foster homes provide a safe, clean, and nurturing family environment to a Golden who has been abused, abandoned, neglected or surrendered by its owner. As a foster home, you are asked to provide a Golden with indoor living conditions, some basic obedience skills, and, of course, love.
Q: How long will the dog stay with me?
A: Depending on the age and condition of the dog, anywhere from 7 days to several months. Younger dogs usually spend less time in their foster homes, while older dogs tend to have longer stays.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: GGRLC asks the foster home to provide food for the dog. All routine care, such as innoculations, spay/neuter, Heartworm and flea preventative, worming, etc. will be paid for by GGRLC. Emergency care, when needed, will be covered by GGRLC. We will also provide food if requested.
Q: What if I have other pets?
A: Most Golden Retrievers enjoy the company of other dogs. We will never, knowingly, place an animal aggressive dog in a home with existing pets. It is sometimes best to introduce existing pets to your new foster in a neutral environment. Should problems arise, the dog will be removed and placed with another foster family. Human aggressive dogs are not taken into our program.
Q: What if we choose to keep our foster dog?
A: You will need to complete the adoption application to start the process. You must let us know your interest before we interview other interested families. Foster families must go through the same adoption process as others and there is no guarantee that the Golden will be adopted to the foster home.
Q: How do I become an approved foster home?
A: Fill out and mail in our foster information form (link below). A home visit will be conducted and any other questions you may have can be answered during this visit. We take great care in placing our dogs in homes best suited to their temperament and/or special needs.
GGRLC encourages its foster homes to get involved in interviewing potential adopters and doing home visits, if desired. Your knowledge of the Golden is helpful in finding the right family.
If you can help, please complete the Foster Home Information Form (link above) and send it back to GGRLC. The form can be downloaded to your computer from where it can be opened, filled out and saved as a Word document. This document can then be e-mailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you prefer, you can simply click on the link and print the form from your web browser, fill it out by hand and snail mail it to GGRLC c/o Fostering, PO Box 2519, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465-2519. A volunteer will contact you.
GGRLC and all the Goldens thank you!