New Orleans, LA, USA

FOSTER A DOG IN NEED

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Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue is always in need of foster homes. The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save. We need people who can offer their homes as temporary residences for our dogs until permanent owners can be found. If you live in Louisiana or Mississippi, you can foster for us!

Please keep in mind animals in our program normally spend 1 to 4 months in their foster home before being adopted. You MUST be willing to make that time commitment if you volunteer to foster. We do not juggle our dogs around or put multiple rescues into a foster home under normal circumstances. 

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER FOSTERING?

  • Fostering is saving a life.

  • Some dogs only require a little love, shelter, and food.

  • GCDR pays for all medical treatment.

  • GCDR will contact you when you are needed. You can decide if it is a good time to foster. You can always say “yes” or “no.”

  • Fostering a dog offers the company of canines to those unable to make a lifelong commitment to an animal.

  • Fostering is rewarding.

To determine if you’d like to foster a dog for GCDR, please read our basic policies and requirements listed below. Fostering a dog gives a dog a second chance to find a safe, loving home.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • You will need to provide: food, collar, leash, and dog dishes for foster dog. 

  • If you do not own your home, you will need your landlord’s permission to have a foster dog in your home. You also need permission from roommates.

  • Our foster homes require a fenced in yard.

  • We prefer your own dogs to be neutered/spayed and friendly with other dogs.

  • We do look for short-term fostering on rare occasions, but most often we’re looking for longer-term foster care. Dobermans on the whole do not do well in an unstable environment, so we prefer not to move them into different foster homes. The length of time can vary from 1 week to several months, with the average being about 3 months.

  • The foster home will not need to worry about screening for forever homes. We have an adoption coordinator who screens adopters and will get in contact with you to set up a meet & greet. If you feel that the adopters are not a good fit, you as the foster home, can let the adoption coordinator know.

  • Foster homes are required to provide the rescue with details on the dogs temperament so we can place them in the correct home. We expect you to be honest, especially with any behabioral issues.

  • We do not expect you to train the dog to be the perfect dog, but we do ask that you work on the basics, this also helps get them into their forever homes. Many training classes offer free classes to foster dogs in our areas.

FOSTERING POLICIES:

  • The dog can only be adopted out by the rescue or with the approval of the rescue. Anyone interested in adopting your foster will need to complete an adoption application.

  • The foster home MUST be willing to stay in contact with the rescue and provide updates when requested.

  • Dobermans in our foster program are inside dogs. You MUST be willing to keep your foster as an inside dog and work with them if needed.

  • We are available to help the foster homes with any problems.

  • Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you are interested but not sure if fostering is for you.

If interested in being a foster home for GCDR, fill out our foster application, our foster coordinator will be in touch with you once it's received.

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