Foster a Golden

Before completing your online foster application on the next page, please read the following information.

Thank you for your interest in fostering a Golden Retriever from Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. SCGRRescue is grateful for people with hearts large enough to help a dog that needs a loving home. The information on this web page and the links at the side should answer many of your questions about our foster program.

If you are interested in fostering one of our dogs, you will need to complete this online application. After your application is received and reviewed by our Placement team, a volunteer will be in touch with you to schedule an in-home interview.

Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue works very hard to find the right home for each Golden in our care. It is a process that can vary from a few days to several months depending on the circumstances. Consequently, we do not know how long a foster dog will be in your care. Placements are made according to what will be best for the dog.

Each dog comes to us under unique circumstances and has individual needs that we strive to meet. In addition, each family also has individual circumstances which are taken into account when making a placement.

If you are a family with children under the age of seven please consider the following: Because of our emphasis on safety, we are very careful about the Goldens we will place into families with young children.

Generally, we will not place the following types of rescue Goldens into families with young children:

  • Goldens who have no exposure to children.

  • Goldens who were given up because of characteristics that are incompatible with children (for example, too energetic).

  • Goldens who have no documented history (stray Goldens) with children.

  • Exuberant dogs who might inadvertently harm children in rough play.

Although most rescue Goldens are housetrained they still require time, patience and training to fit into their new families and be good citizens. Many of our dogs have “rough edges” which need to be smoothed out with patience and time. We will be asking you to help us with the assessment of the type of family best suited to your foster dog.

Senior goldens are often the most difficult to place and may be in foster care for a longer period of time. They are often the easiest to foster. A quiet, gentle walk morning and evening and a restful day spent snoozing and waiting for their foster to return are often all a senior desires.

Once your application for fostering has been approved we will work diligently to match you with the right Golden. Fostering a Golden will change your life forever!
Thank You for your interest in opening your home and heart to a Golden. We look forward to working with you.

  • What Does it Take to Become a Foster Family?

    It takes a lot of things to become a foster family, but most of all it takes love! Foster Families must be willing to open their hearts and their homes to a dog that may seem “lost” or “confused”. Many are neglected, or worse yet, abandoned.

    As a breed, Goldens just want to be part of the family, and it sometimes takes a lot of time and patience to tear down the walls of caution, fear and resistance and earn their trust. But once that happens, you’ll be showered with unconditional love in the way of face-licks to wake you in the morning, or a warm body at your feet while you read the newspaper or watch TV at the end of the day. As a foster parent, brother or sister, you’ll be called upon daily to have fun! Your foster dawg will be depending on you to provide a structured, safe-and-sound environment.

    He’ll also be looking to you for food and water, and to take him for long walks when you get home from school or work. Of course, you may also be called upon to take him to the vet (at our expense) if he gets sick or injured. And he will need you to show him to perspective adopters when they come to meet him. Costs are minimal, rewards are high! SCGRRescue provides all necessary veterinarian treatments for your beloved foster. Other expenses, such as food, toys, transportation costs, etc. would be your responsibility, however these expenses may be tax-deductible. (Check with you family accountant.)

    How long do we get to foster? The length of time a dog remains in foster care varies.  SCGRRescue makes every effort to find permanent, loving homes for our fosters as quickly as possible. Generally, younger, healthier dogs are adopted within a couple of weeks; older dogs or dogs with special needs make take longer.

    Fostering is not a long term commitment and is much different than adoption. Our mission is to find the best possible match to each individual dog. Unfortunately, you cannot adopt either of your first two foster dogs. But the experience will help you determine the wonderful attributes you are looking for in the newest love of your life.

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  • 10 (+4) Reasons to Foster

    (Comments form our Foster Home Volunteers)

    1. Be a “helping hand” in a rescue dog’s journey to a better life.

    2. Help “house-a-tize” a rescue dog who may have gone stir crazy in a kennel; provide a transitional home environment for the well-being of the dog.

    3. Help assess a Golden for a more successful “forever home” placement.

    4. Be able to watch a dog go from a sad, frightened, possibly sick baby with it’s tail down and ears limp to a healthy happy guy ready to go out and meet the world again.

    5. Give your heart and home; get unconditional love in return.

    6. See the smiles on everyone’s faces (dogs and people) when a match made in heaven is made.

    7. Provide company for other golden(s) while you are at work.

    8. If you travel a lot, you can have a dog for the times you are at home.

    9. Contribute to the cause by helping the Rescue save boarding fees

    10. Meet many wonderful dogs and many wonderful people.

    11. Rescue dogs are appreciative of the smallest bit of kindness and return your affection tenfold.

    12. Enjoy days filled with wags and sloppy kisses

    13. Make a difference in many lives…people and dogs.

    14. It’s fun!
  • Dogs, Swimming & Pool Safety

    Most dogs can swim naturally. It’s in their genes. Dogs DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY KNOW, however, how to get out of a pool. You have to teach your dog how to get out of your pool in order to prevent him from drowning!

    There is a phenomenon called the “doggie death grip” that happens to some dogs when they are in a swimming pool. Whether they entered the pool voluntarily or whether they fell in, if they are not familiar with how to get to the steps and get out on their own, they can end up drowning. What happens is this: a dog goes into the pool (or falls in), tries to find the steps and can't, becomes frightened and swims to the nearest edge. He grabs onto the pool edge with his front paws and tries to use his hind legs to scramble up the side of the pool wall. Large dogs aren't built so they can haul their body weight up over the edge of the pool and get out this way. But the frightened dog keeps trying to do this. And no amount of calling the dog to come to you on the steps will help -- he is too frightened to let go of the edge he's clinging to. Eventually, the dog will grow so exhausted trying to do this that he will drown.
    Even a dog who has been in and out of your pool on his own may forget where the steps are! You should take your dog into the pool several times a year and remind him of where the steps are

    Teach Your Dog the Only Place to Enter and Exit the Pool is the Steps

    Put a large vertical marker that moves (such as a plant or flag) by the steps so he can easily orient himself. Repeat each of the following stages a hundred times, before going to the next stage. You can reward your dog at each stage by giving him a treat or his favorite toy.

    1. Teach him to touch the marker before entering the water.

    2. Show him the steps, ramp or ladder from the decking and say, “steps” . . . take him a short distance away and repeat.

    3. Gently place him in the water with his feet on the top step. Attach a leash before putting him in the water and stay by the side of the pool. Say “steps” and let him exit. Keep repeating.

    4. VERY GRADUALLY increase the distance from the steps and let him swim to the steps to exit.

    5. Stay in the shallow end, and keep the lessons short . . . no more than 10 minutes.

    6. As your dog becomes more relaxed, gradually move away from the side of the pool and into deeper water. You need to teach him to find the steps, no matter where he is in the water!

    To help your dog swim, position your hands so his rear end is up, this will allow him to use all four legs to swim. His neck should extend forward, his head should not point up, and he should look like he is running. Use a food lure, if necessary, to get him in this position.

    Never Leave Your Dog Around the Pool Unsupervised!

    Safety tips:

    1. Have a see-through pool fence with a self-closing and self-locking gate.

    2. Have a pool alarm.

    3. Have a ramp or ladder at the step for ease of exit.

    Never Throw Your Dog in the Water!

    It can be traumatic and make him fearful of the water for the rest of his life. Even if your dog is afraid of the water, you should teach him how to get out of the pool at the steps.

    Wait at least one hour after eating before allowing dogs to swim in the pool.

    Rinse off or give him a shampoo after your session and be sure to dry out his ears. Check his eyes, too, as they may become irritated by the chlorine and need to be rinsed.

    Swimming is a physically taxing exercise and dogs can easily become fatigued. Take breaks and watch for signs of exhaustion.


    Emergency First Aid

    If you find your dog motionless in the water, get him out ASAP. If he is not breathing, hold his rear legs up to let water drain out of his lungs. Put him on his side. Clear any debris from his mouth.

    Close his mouth with your hand and apply mouth-to-nose resuscitation and chest compressions (CPR). Take him to the vet immediately, even if he starts to breathe on his own.

  • What You Need To Know About Pets & Hot Weather

    With summer officially underway, many parts of the country have already gotten a preview of the hot weather to come. The ASPCA would like to remind you that dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do—overheating, dehydration and even sunburn—when the mercury rises. By taking these simple precautions from ASPCA experts, you can keep your animal companions happy and healthy:

    • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

    • Good grooming can stave off summer skin problems, especially for dogs with heavy coats. Shaving the hair to a one-inch length—never down to the skin, please, which robs Rover of protection from the sun—helps prevent overheating. Cats should be brushed often.

    • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

    • Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle—overheating can be fatal! Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun constantly shifts during the day.

    • Stay alert for signs of overheating in pets. These include excessive panting and drooling and mild weakness, along with an elevated body temperature. Please take a few moments to read the ASPCA’s complete list of Hot Weather Tips—it just might save your pet’s life! The tips are at: ASPCA website