Foster FAQ’s

Do you accept foster families from any geographic location?

We only serve geographic areas where our volunteers live and are able to provide assistance and oversight for foster families.  We accept foster applications from the following areas without exception:

  • Greater Louisville, KY (including adjacent southern Indiana)
  • Greater Lexington, KY
  • Ohio Counties: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, some areas within Clermont county, Montgomery, and Greene
  • Northern KY Counties: Boone, Kenton, and Campbell


What is GRRAND’s fencing policy? 

GRRAND’s fence policy was implemented after several incidents that put the safety of our dogs at risk.  Some dogs come to us as strays or frightened and can be a flight risk.  Without exception, families with children under 16 years of age must have either a secure above ground fence, attached to the house, allowing access directly from the house to the fenced yard, or a professionally installed invisible fence.

Structured Fence Policy – Fencing may be of any type so long as it is at least 4′ high and secure at ground level with a lockable gate.  The fenced in area must be directly accessible from the home and large enough to provide ample space to exercise and eliminate.

Invisible/Underground Fencing:  Invisible fencing may be acceptable if the home is not located near busy streets or intersections. The invisible fence must be purchased from a local invisible fence company that will provide training for the dog.  Self-installed invisible fences are not acceptable.


What is GRRAND’s policy on foster homes with young children?

The great majority of our rescued goldens come from animal shelters and their histories are generally unknown.  GRRAND will not place a dog of unknown history in a home with children under the age of 6.  Exceptions can be made to this policy, but only for experienced pet owners whose children have been raised with a dog or dogs in the home.  These families are asked to sign an additional waiver agreeing that since they are adopting a dog of unknown history with children, they will not hold GRRAND accountable should the dog prove to be untrustworthy with young kids.


If I foster a GRRAND dog what are my responsibilities?

As a foster you will be responsible for:

  • Transportation to GRRAND’s partner vet clinics if authorized and scheduled by a GRRAND representative, including the potential for multiple visits
  • Dog food unless a special veterinary diet is required
  • Daily Exercise
  • Basic obedience training
  • Full disclosure about the dog’s temperament and characteristics to GRRAND and any prospective adoptive families
  • Working with GRRAND representatives to approve/decline a site visit with potential adopters
  • Contacting potential adopters to meet your foster dog (if approved by GRRAND)
  • Providing access (in or away from your home) to show the dog to prospective adoptive families approved by GRRAND
  • Providing recommendations to GRRAND when a family is not perceived to be an appropriate match for your foster dog


What responsibilities are off limits for me?

As a foster you may not:

  • Offer the dog for adoption to anyone who is not approved by GRRAND
  • Subject the dog to harmful or dangerous situations (off lead in unfenced areas, unsupervised outside when not home, riding in the car with windows down, etc.)
  • Arrange veterinarian appointments for the dog


What are GRRAND’s responsibilities for dogs in foster homes?
GRRAND will assume responsibility for the following:

  • Keep the new foster up-to-date on the medical care each dog has received
  • Identify the need for further treatment(s) as medically appropriate for the dog
  • Cover the cost of the medical needs and veterinary appointments
  • Arrange appointments and pay fees for veterinary services
  • Pay for special diet veterinary food if required
  • Work with the foster family to approve/decline a site visit with potential adopters
  • Assist the foster family with training issues as needed
  • Ongoing support to foster families for medical or behavioral concerns that may arise


What if I decide I want to adopt my foster dog?

The foster family has the first right to adopt their foster dog, but this decision must be made prior to the dog being offered to another family for adoption.   If you choose to adopt the dog you are fostering the regular adoption fee will be required.


What is foster to adopt?

In some instances, GRRAND will place a dog in a foster to adopt home. This means the foster family is taking the dog as a foster with the understanding they are likely to adopt that dog.


Is GRRAND looking for foster homes?

Yes, we are always looking for foster homes.  Foster homes provide our dogs the great start they need to become wonderful and happy pets. These homes provide the love, care, training and confidence that will help a dog adjust to a new environment.  Without foster homes we are limited in the number of dogs we can take into our program.  It is an extremely fulfilling opportunity and yes, it is sad when they go but what joy it brings to know the difference you made in that dog’s life.


Why is your foster application and process the same as your adoption application?

Many of our fosters fall in love with their foster dog and decide to adopt.  Since they have already filled out an application very similar to the adoption application they are able to adopt their dog without going through the adoption process a second time.


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