Fostering A Golden Retriever
for Testimonials on Fostering)
Ode to Foster
Your home may have been
The first one that I'd ever seen;
Your voice the first to teach, to praise,
To guide me through confusing days.
You're the one who taught to me
What the We of a good dog ought to be.
Your patient persistence all the while
May have won my very first doggie smile.
And now that I am off to roam
With the family of my "forever" home,
Yours is the home I will always dream of
Your gentle hands, your smiling love,
The way you coaxed tangles out of my coat,
The sound of your voice, yes, every note.
If they learn to love me the way that you do
I will know that I owe my acceptance to you.
Though my paws may wander far away,
Yours is the home where I learned to stay.
--Kam Ellery, 2000
Golden Retriever rescue is busier
than ever ... that's why we're looking for people who are
willing to open their homes and hearts to homeless Goldens in
need of temporary housing.
Here’s How It Works:
In the interests of reading ease, we will refer to your foster
Golden boy or girl as he/him.
You will be required to complete an
adoption/foster application. Approval of that application will
depend on results of past/current veterinarian care, interview
and home visit by a Golden Rescue in Naples, Inc. (GRINinc.)
The member will call you when a
Golden needs fostering; GRINinc. makes every effort, beforehand,
to ensure that you foster a dog whose needs and characteristics
are compatible with you, your family and lifestyle. If this
doesn’t turn out to be the case, then we will place the dog with
another foster family and let you know when we have dog that
would be suitable for you.
When the dog comes to you, he will
have been to a vet where he will have been evaluated, heartworm
and intestinal worm checked, and, health permitting, brought
current on all his vaccinations, micro chipped, and
neutered/spayed if necessary.
GRINinc will cover all pre-approved
veterinary costs and medications; heartworm preventative,
flea/tick control and a collar & leash with GRINinc. ID tag will
also be provided. You will cover the cost of food and any toys
you choose to purchase for him. Charges that you incur will
probably be considered charitable donations and, therefore, tax
deductible, so you should check with your accountant or tax
attorney as to how you can go about that.
The dog will be with you for a
minimum evaluation period of two weeks, during which time we
will ask that you evaluate his personality, likes/dislikes,
needs, behavioral patterns and overall temperament, and
establish what sort of family it would be best that he be
adopted into. You will report all you learn about him to your
GRINinc Representative – this will allow him/her to evaluate
which applicants would be suitable for the dog.
During his stay with you, you will
be responsible for:
Daily feeding, walking and exercising
(dog MUST be kept on leash when outdoors if not in fenced-in
Reinforcing basic obedience commands
such as sit, come, down, stay, and housetraining
Basic grooming such as brushing, baths
Providing an abundance of love and
The duration of his stay with you may range from as short as two
weeks to a few months. All the while, you'll have the support of
a truly experienced, reliable and responsive GRINinc. member,
and other fosters, upon whose knowledge you can draw at any
If you decide, at any time, that
you truly cannot give him up then you have the option to adopt
him yourself and will make the same adoption donation as anyone
else. Foster homes do have the FIRST right to adopt their
But remember – while yes, you will
become attached to the dog (how can you not?), that you are
providing love and stability to a dog that is in dire need of
that attention at this stressful time in its life and that there
is always another dog coming into the Rescue that is in need of
the same nurturing from you.
When a potential adoptive family
has been identified and approved, you will be asked to meet with
the family and introduce your foster dog to them. This usually
happens in your home as this is the location in which your dog
is most comfortable and allows the new family to meet him in a
relaxed setting; however other options may need to be
discussed. While the potential adopter “interviews” the dog,
you will have an opportunity to interview them. You know your
foster best, you are his representative, and you will be there
firsthand to see how they interact with the dog, and he with
them. Even though the family has been approved by GRINinc, if
you are not completely comfortable with this family taking him,
you have the right to veto any home. If you do not want the dog
to go to this family, you just let your GRINinc. Representative
know and he/she will inform the family that this is not the
right dog for them. For you this is a decision – for the Golden,
it is his life.
If you give the final approval to
the adoptive family, then they may take the dog home with them
that day, or they may ask to wait in order to think it over or
prepare for his arrival. You will complete a form giving the new
family all the information that you have gathered about the dog,
and you will review the adoption contract with them prior to
their signing it.
The dog will then leave with his
new family. Goldens are highly adaptable to new
circumstances and bond quickly with new people. Your foster dog
will likely leave without a backward glance. While this is
not necessarily the most flattering for you, it is a testament
to the fact that you have taken a frightened, confused rescue
and turned him into a happy, confident do g ready to join his new
family and start a wonderful life.
You will now have a space in your
home, and your heart, for the next Golden who needs you.
HERE for our Foster Application
TESTIMONIALS ON FOSTERING
I like helping Golden Rescue because I love seeing dogs getting
adopted and finding good homes. But, sometimes it’s hard letting
dogs go. For example, Sophie was our first one we had and was
the best one we had too, she got adopted by a loving family. She
was the main family member. The second one we had was Bailey.
The one she loved the most was my Dad. They went on walks
together. They went on the boat together. Bailey was energetic
and always ready to go. Bailey was adopted by a loving family
too. The third one we’re working on is Stanley. He’s the mix
between Sophie and Bailey. Stanley had only three fights with
Baxter. But, we figured out it wasn’t Stanley, it was Baxter. We
don’t know why and how Baxter is starting the fights. But, there
is nothing to worry about. This morning we found out that
Stanley likes the flash light.
But, there’s one thing I got to say to the loving people who
adopted our foster dogs,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
4 years ago I
found Grininc online. I was going to be moving into my new home
soon and I wanted to adopt a golden. That was when I met Mary
Ellen. I had no idea how much my life would change after
speaking with her on the phone. The time came to move into my
new home. Within a month, Mary Ellen had a dog for me, a foster
with intent to adopt. I was completely ecstatic. I hadn’t had
a dog in years and I was so ready to have a furry companion
again. Once again, I had no idea how much my life would soon
change! In came Rux...Teddy Ruxpin III. At 125 lbs, and tall
as could be, John P. brought this monstrous dog into my home.
My parents were with me when he came barreling through my front
door. None of us could believe our eyes. A giant golden
retriever! Well, giant as he was, my job was to take him in,
feel him out (or should I say he feel me out!), and decide if
he was the right dog for me. Well, after a couple weeks of
missing blankets and pillows, several trips to the vet
(diagnosing a thryoid problem...hence his size), Mary Ellen
called to tell me that there were others interested in adopting
Rux. I couldn't believe it! I had to make a decision, to keep
him or not to keep him. He was awful big, was full of beans, if
ya know what I mean, but just the funniest dog I have met in a
long time. I couldn't bear to see him leave. So I made the
decision. Probably the best decision I have ever made! My Ruxy
dog has filled my life with love, laughs, and companionship.
Soon after, I
got a call from Mary Ellen, a little girl needed a foster home.
I was contemplating adopting a second golden, so this seemed
like a good opportunity to "try out" another dog. In walked
Katie. So pathetic, heartworm positive, grumpy, boney, and just
plain awful looking. I thought, what am I going to do with this
dog? She was sick, scared, and out of place. So tiny next to
Rux. And how was Rux going to handle this? Well, after several
months of love, vet visits for treatment, and an INCREDIBLE
foster brother, Katie ended up leaving us to go to her forever
home. My heart was broken, as was Rux's. The house was empty
again. We were sad, we missed our lil Katie Bear. WE wanted
another, the fosters have come and gone. They come in so
pathetic and sick and I always say, what are we gonna do about
this one? It always ends the same. A happy, healthy, GRATEFUL
golden, that once was lifeless, leaves our doors full of life
like never before. Ready to go to a home where they get the
life they deserve. It hasn’t gotten any easier to see them
leave. These dogs come into our home with fear and uncertainty,
but in no time are so full of life, and so gratetful for taking
them in and giving them a life they deserve! I never thought I
could take in a dog and then let them go. As I said, it doesn’t
get easier to let them go, but to know there is another one
waiting to join us, needing us, COUNTING on us to take them in
and start all over! I said my life changed when I met Rux. We
have become a foster family together. I couldn’t do it without
him. So patient, understanding, and loving. Together we have
helped 9 other goldens find life again. We wouldn’t change it
for anything in the world! Kim S.
is my third foster dog and he is now a joy. He was in horrible
shape when I (I should say "we" as my dog had to "agree"
with the newcomer) first took him into my home. To see the
change of this loveable dog from a mangy looking stray to the
handsome boy he is now is well worth the extra time he requires
The love that they give to us is definitely worth the effort to
take care of them while they are waiting for their "forever "
Golden Rescue In Naples, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-profit organization.
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