No, GSDRGA works with a few vets who offer us a discount. We have an account set up with each vet and they bill GSDRGA directly.
GSDRGA Fosters are not responsible for paying vet bills.
Where does GSDRGA get their rescue dogs?
We rescue our foster dogs from local shelters or from people who can no longer care for their dog. All our dogs are evaluated for temperament by an experienced GSDRGA volunteer.
Can a GSDRGA foster choose their own foster dog?
No. GSDRGA has a team of experienced volunteers and trainers who evaluate dogs for rescue. A dog must pass our evaluation in order to be accepted into our foster program.
GSDRGA will place a compatible dog in the foster home. This is best for the dog and the foster.
Can a foster adopt their foster dog?
Yes, Many of our volunteers have adopted dogs from GSDRGA. We require our fosters be with the group 6 months before they are allowed to adopt a foster dog.
What experience is required to foster?
No experience is required, just a love of the breed and time to care for a dog. We will try to match a foster dog with your level of GSD experience. GSDRGA offers a foster class for all fosters. We also have follow up classes on dog training and behavior that we require fosters to attend. Fostering is a good way to learn more about the breed.
Do fosters have to purchase supplies?
GSDRGA will purchase supplies for the fosters and we receive donated crates, collars, leashes, food and accessories.
How long does a dog stay in foster care?
It depends. The average time is between 2 and 4 weeks. GSDRGA wants to be sure we assess a dog's personality so we can find the right forever home.
If a dog is sick, it will stay in foster until the vet gives permission for the dog to be adopted.
Dogs that undergo Heartworm treatment stay in foster 1 - 2 months.