Urgent Need -- Foster Homes
We are always looking to add to our "foster families" - these families provide a loving home for a golden for, on average, five to 60 days. It is more urgent in the spring of each year, as we have more dogs coming into our program.
We will match a golden to your lifestyle! All you have to do is provide love, exercise attention and basic training. Agreeing to foster is a commitment. When you agree to foster, your willingness to do so allows us the opportunity to begin seeking a forever home for the next dog coming into rescue.
If you and your family are interested in joining our foster team, please request a foster application at NRGRR@hotmail.com.
Here are answers to some common questions:
So, what is fostering?
Fostering is the number one most important aspect of rescue. By agreeing to foster a dog on its way to rescue, you take care of that pet as if it were your own. You provide love and attention, adequate exercise, food and shelter. Although the duration of foster care varies, it is typically 5-60 days, on occasion, we also have special needs dogs who need more time to heal.
What are the requirements to foster?
We require that our fosters complete a foster application in its entirety. A volunteer will contact you via telephone to discuss our requirements and guidelines, and fosters must pass a home check. If you have other animals in the home, fosters must pass a vet reference check, and their own pets must be fully vaccinated. Often, shelter pets have kennel cough or other similar illnesses and vaccinations help to protect everyone in the foster home. We require our dogs be restrained (within a fence or leash walked) when outdoors - no pets may run "loose" while in foster care. Pets must be kept indoors while you are away.
Will the dog I foster be healthy?
All dogs receive a complete vet exam and are brought up-to-date on any vaccinations prior to going to a foster home. Some of our dogs require administration of medications while in foster care.
Will I have to pay for veterinary expenses?
As a volunteer, you will not be responsible for veterinary charges associated with the rescue of your foster. A foster is required to use one of our approved vets for the medical care of their foster dog. Our vets are located in the Raleigh area, so our fosters live in the Triangle area so they have close access to veterinary care.
Does a foster get paid?
No. Fostering is strictly voluntary. But, if you're an animal lover, the reward one feels from fostering and assisting in the placement of your foster dog into his/her forever home is immeasurable.