If you live in Houston, Texas, or the surrounding area, Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue needs caring, patient and responsible Golden lovers to join our foster home team by opening their homes and their hearts to our rescue Goldens.
A key component to our Rescue program is the foster home. The principle behind fostering is to provide the dogs entrusted to our care with a home environment to expedite their mental and/or physical rehabilitation and to evaluate their habits and behavior. This allows GBGRR to place the dog with the new family and improve the chances of lifelong enjoyment of the dog and the new family.
We recommend reviewing the PDF of our Foster Contract here before applying to become a Foster (you will receive your actual Foster Contract when you become a Foster).
We hope you will consider opening your heart and home to a Golden in need by fostering.
Want to know more?
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about being a Foster Parent:
You are responsible for the daily care of your foster dog including feeding, exercising, socializing, grooming, reinforcing basic obedience commands, observing and evaluating general behavior and temperament. And most of all, you must give lots of love and attention to a special Golden at an often difficult time in his or her lifespan.
Many dogs need to lose or gain weight. Some will need help with housebreaking and crate training. If you want to start basic obedience training the dog, that would be great, but it’s certainly not required.
You will need to report any veterinary visits or other medical care and results of such visits or care to our medical records coordinator in order to keep your foster dog’s medical records current and up to date.
As the Foster Parent, you will play a significant role in facilitating the dog’s adoption to a new home. You will make recommendations to help select the best adoptive family for your foster Golden (you will know him/her best). The Foster Parent generally gets the adoption contract signed and collects the adoption fee. Once the dog is placed, you may be asked to do a follow-up telephone call on the dog’s initial adjustment to his/her new home and family.
Our fosters cannot adopt their first three GBGRR foster dogs. We will discuss this policy as well as other important information about fostering and adopting when we meet you.
We always have a need for foster homes for senior Goldens. Many of these displaced Golden-agers have been loving family dogs for years and have been lost or abandoned through no fault of their own. GBGRR does not feel that any senior Golden should ever be euthanized at a shelter simply because they are old and no longer wanted. Most of these senior Goldens are low maintenance, well-trained dogs. They fit easily into any family situation and usually require less exercise. Senior Goldens can be long-term fosters as they usually take longer to adopt. Fostering one of these Golden oldies can be an immensely rewarding experience.