Established in 2000
Over 1,100 Goldens Rescued

Great Rescue



Foster homes are the most invaluable resource for G.R.E.A.T. as those are the locations we rely on to place our rescued dogs while they are being treated and prepare them for their new forever homes. We desperately need safe, loving homes to provide comfort and confidence to our newly rescued Goldens! All fosters must have a fully fenced secure back yard with the fence being a minimum of four (4) feet in height.

How long will I be required to foster a G.R.E.A.T. dog?

Foster times can average from two (2) weeks to as long as eight (8) weeks while dogs undergo any needed medical treatments and until they are adopted.

As a foster, what is required of me?

  • To provide loving care, food and companionship to the fostered dog.
  • To care for the dog if it becomes ill and provide the medical care funded by G.R.E.A.T. and designated by a G.R.E.A.T. veterinary hospital.
  • To take the dog to scheduled medical appointments (funded by G.R.E.A.T.) at the rescue’s designated veterinary hospital.
  • To ensure the fostered dog will wear a collar and identification tag at all times.
  • For more detailed information, view our foster agreement here.

What do I receive if I am a foster?

As a G.R.E.A.T. foster, you are provided a crate (as needed), a G.R.E.A.T. tag for the dog’s collar, medical care costs covered by G.R.E.A.T. while the dog is in foster care, transportation assistance for medical care (as needed), and of course, more love and appreciation than you can imagine from the dog you foster!

How does G.R.E.A.T. decide what dog I foster?

G.R.E.A.T. is aware of each of its rescue dogs’ needs, behaviors and more, once they are rescued and evaluated. G.R.E.A.T. takes extensive care in matching any of the dogs’ specific needs (such as no other pets, calm atmosphere during medical treatments, no children, etc.) with the right applicants to ensure the best situation for all involved. G.R.E.A.T.’s goal is to provide a foster home that is the best environment for the rescued dog to thrive, be loved and gain confidence after the previous lack of those conditions.

If, for some reason, the foster dog does not work out in your home after giving it some time to adjust, just let G.R.E.A.T. know. We will find the dog another loving home in which it will be a better fit and find you another dog to foster!

Can I adopt the dog I foster?

If foster families continue to foster a dog until it is available for adoption, they will be given first consideration to adopt that dog at the adoption fee designated by the rescue if they have followed vet protocol with our vet and are deemed a good fit by the rescue.

GREAT Fostering Video

The above documentary was produced by David Cawton II.

How do I become a foster?


Your application will be screened and processed and our foster coordinator will contact you with the next steps on becoming a foster family for one of our wonderful Goldens!