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Foster Requirements

Be a hero - Foster a Dog!

Fostering a rescued dog is one of the most direct ways you can help an animals in need.  Here are the important ways you'll both benefit.  Fosters are the lifeblood of any rescue, and we could not save these wonderful dogs without your help!  

  • Test the waters.  Fosters is an opportunity to get to know all different kinds of dogs, and to learn what it's like to have a new dog in the mix of your life or existing pack. 
  • Make a difference.  Getting a shelter dog ready for adopion by giving you life, time, and friendship is invaluable. That moment when you start to see a poor, scared rescue pup finally come our of his or her shell is so incredibly rewarding.  Socializing and even basic training makes a *world* of difference in his or her adopability!
  • Build Community.  Make new freind by fostering!  It's a great way to meet new people, learn more about dogs, and share your love of animals!
  • Save lives.  Opening your heart and home is an important part of saving a life - not only for the foster dog you take into your home, but for the space you open up at the shelter or in the rescue for another dog in need. 

The #1 question we are asked is, "Isn't it hard to give them up?"  And the answer is yes.... it absolutely is!   But that love is tempered with the joy of seeing  dog meet his forever family, and the satisfaction from making a family whole, or placing a dog with her perfect lifetime companion.  And of course, adopting out your foster dog means that there is room for us to save one more dog from the shelter!Before getting started, here is a little information about our requirements for foster homes, and the details about our program:

Your role as a foster is solely as a temporary home, and that the placement of any dogs you foster will be conducted by the Adoption Committee. It is the Committee's role to review and interview potential adopters, and once they pass the initial screening, their information is passed along to the foster family to set up a meeting.

  1. I have read and understand the NWGSR rescue’s mission, and will not undertake any actions that could be considered inconsistent with the mission. If I engage in activities of a political or controversial nature they will only be done as an individual, separate from any association with NWGSR.
  2. I understand that I am personally responsible for any and all financial expenses that I incur in my efforts to foster dogs for NWGSR. Although NWGSR may reimburse my expenses directly related to the care of the foster (such as food, veterinary care, etc.), I agree that each expense must be supported by receipts, must be pre-approved by the Foster Coordinator or a board member. I accept full responsibility for any expenses incurred by me that fall outside of approved expenditures. I will always remember that I represent a nonprofit organization and in no way can profit from any activity related to the organization.
  3. I understand that NWGSR cannot guarantee or be held responsible for the temperment, behavior, or health of foster dogs that I may handle. I am aware that foster dogs may cause damage to my personal property, other pets, and humans. I will keep dogs securely contained at all times while in my care.  At no time will foster dogs be allowed in any off-leash dog parks or off-leash exercise areas without the express permission of an NWGSR Officer. 
  4. I understand that it is my decision to foster dogs for NWGSR. I will not hold NWGSR liable for any damage, injury, or harm caused directly or indirectly through my fostering activities with NWGSR. I carry adequate insurance coverage in the event of personal or liability damages resulting from fostering dogs for NWGSR.
  5. I understand that my foster volunteer position will be terminated if my conduct is deemed in opposition of the mission of  NWGSR, or detrimental to the best interests of the NWGSR.
  6. I certify that I have read and understood the above-referenced policies of NWGSR.
  7. I certify that I am age 18 or older.
  8. I certify that all information in this application is true, and understand that false information may void this application and my ability to volunteer/foster with NWGSR.
  9. I understand NWGSR will conduct a screening of my information, and I hereby give NWGSR permission to contact me, my references, my veterinarian, and any other sources necessary during this screening.

Thank you for volunteering to become a foster home for NWGSR. Our Foster Coordinator should be contacting you shortly after receiving your application to conduct a phone interview.


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