Foster a GSP

If you’ve ever considered fostering, now is the time to open your home to a needy GSP.

To foster a GSP, you must:

  • Give good ear rubs,
  • Never get tired of playing fetch,
  • Be a good cuddler,
  • Look forward to a happy tail wag when you get home,
  • Have a soft spot for a wet dog nose as your alarm clock, and
  • Most importantly, be ready to save the life of a homeless GSP with a warm bed, good food and a safe home.

Satisfy those requirements? Read on to learn about becoming a foster home and apply today!

Worried that you wouldn’t be able to say goodbye to your foster dog when they get adopted? Try our Forever Foster program! When you become a Forever Foster, you sign up to to provide a loving home for a senior GSP knowing that he or she will remain with you the rest of their days. Perfect for someone on a fixed income – we pay all the vet bills! Learn more about our Forever Foster program.


Foster homes are priceless to us! Without foster homes we cannot rescue dogs from shelters. We always need more foster homes because there are always dogs that need us. Some of our foster homes foster continuously, some from time to time, and others just to cover vacations.

Did we mention that foster homes are first in line to adopt their foster dog if they fall in love? If it’s a forever match, you can make it official! Don’t let a concern over getting too attached stop you from helping to save a life.


How does it work?

1) Complete our volunteer application. Our Foster Coordinator will contact you to give you an overview of the fostering process, answer any questions you may have, and find out a little more about you. Not sure or need more information? Contact us.

2) Schedule a home visit. During the home visit, the Foster Coordinator or another volunteer will meet you and any current dogs, and give you suggestions for preparing your house and yard for the foster dog. S/he will review with you what sort of dog you are interested in fostering: some people prefer only male or only female, some prefer senior dogs, etc. This will help her in matching the foster dog to you and your lifestyle.

3) Indicate interest in a shelter dog. You will be contacted via e-mail as to your interest in fostering a shelter dog (please do not contact the shelters directly yourself unless you wish to adopt a dog from them – our Intake Coordinator speaks to the shelters daily regarding the dogs and we want to avoid any confusion). We do not accept dogs into the rescue program unless we have a foster home confirmed for them. If you would like to foster this dog, the dog is taken to the vet to be spayed/neutered, and receive all necessary shots and check-ups. The dog is then transported to your home.

4) Fostering a GSP. You care for the dog until he or she is adopted. Most dogs remain in their foster homes a few months. We require the dog to be in foster care at least two weeks before adoption. Special procedures apply for puppies.

You provide:

  • Food & Treats
  • Bedding and Leash
  • Love
  • Exercise and very basic training

We take care of:

  • Vet bills
  • Medications
  • Heartworm and flea preventative
  • No-pull harness if needed

The rescue is also here to help with advice and support during the fostering process. You are never alone when fostering! We are always here to help.

5) Post-adoption. Once your dog has been placed with a family, you can determine when you are ready for the next one. Some people accept dogs back-to-back, others take breaks in between, it is up to you.

If you are not certain about fostering a GSP, the best way to find out is to try it! Go through the process as described above, and if you like it, you can continue to be a foster home. If it doesn’t work out for you or your situation, just let us know. We’d love to still have your help in other capacities!

Please note: foster volunteers must be 18 or older.

Not ready to foster? Consider other volunteer opportunities.

Don’t have time right now? Consider making a donation to help the dogs.