Long term: for a dog that has been accepted into SEGSP Rescue and will need a foster home until he/she is adopted. Long term foster homes must have secure above-ground fencing where the dog can safely get off lead to exercise.
*There are some dogs that do not need a fenced yard, e.g. heartworm positive dogs or a dog with a physical challenge. Each State Coordinator will determine the best foster home for a dog.
Short term: for emergency situations (pull a dog from a shelter that is scheduled for euthanization). Due to their temporary nature, short-term foster homes, if they don’t have above-ground fencing, must commit to hand-walking the foster dog (flexi lead or long check cord/leash).
Sometimes we need to move a dog from a shelter to foster care, from a temporary foster to a long term foster, or from a foster home to the adopting home.
Sometimes shelters have dogs they believe may be GSPs, but we always need visual confirmation before we can accept a GSP into Rescue. Some shelters do not have the capability to take a digital photo to email for identification. In these cases, it is easiest for a volunteer to drive over to the shelter and see the dog in person.
When someone wants to adopt a GSP, they first complete an adoption application and then a phone interview happens by the foster parent. Finally, a home check is done by a nearby volunteer to approve a home for a GSP Rescue dog.
We have a form with guidelines on what to look for and questions to ask.
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