According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). GRRR rehabilitates and rehomes approximately 300 dogs per year; that’s over 3,800 dogs since it was founded in 1996.
Click here to fill out a Foster Team application.
Foster Parents are required to be a GRRR member and to attend a foster training class (held quarterly) before fostering. The Foster Home Coordinator will also be available for advice and support. GRRR pays for veterinary care and any necessary grooming while a guest in your home. All you need to provide is a place in your home, food, exercise and a lot of love. Also required is the ability to bring your foster dog to GRRR to meet potential adopters. On occassion, this notice could be as little as 24 hours.
Please understand that GRRRs need for foster homes is rare. The flow of dogs coming in is very unpredictable and therefore there is no way to know when a foster home may be needed.
REWARDS OF FOSTERING
Fostering for GRRR
by Deb Kneale
One of my favorite Curly Girl cards says, “She sometimes prefers the company of a dog.” We volunteer for GRRR as foster parents not for the sake of volunteering, but because it is a good match with our personalities.
Bob and I are able to provide a safe happy environment for dogs in transition. Our lifestyle offers time flexibility and our home, shop and yard are conducive to having multiple dogs. Our three GRRR “foster failures” (ones we have adopted that came to us as fosters) help uneasy dogs feel more secure. Our boys help the new guys learn to trust and play. They share toys, beds, their parents and each other. We are rewarded by a sense of accomplishment as dogs evolve or mend physically and psychologically.
Our preference is to foster seniors, and being home all day allows Bob to administer meds. The seniors often take longer to be adopted, which allows us to observe their personalities and make recommendations about their special needs. We’ve also enjoyed the challenge of helping obese dogs take off weight and increase their mobility. Although we feel a long term sense of responsibility for our fosters, we are happy when they find that match with someone who will take them hiking, swimming, or just cuddle them on the couch.
We do it for the dogs, but we also are inspired by the many other volunteers who share a strong commitment to the purpose of this organization. In addition to spending time with so many wonderful dogs, we’ve met a lot of great people who share our passion.
I saved one dog and it didn’t change the world, but surely the world changed for that one dog.
If you have a question regarding fostering, please read our Fostering FAQs to the right.
Remember, you must be a GRRR member before you can foster - please click here to join the GRRR family.