Foster a Dog

An Overview Of The Foster Process

Foster Application here

Where do our German Shepherds come from?
Most German Shepherds in our rescue come from shelters. They may be strays whose owners can’t be found, or they have been relinquished by owners. Changing lifestyles, economic hardship, and lack of commitment to care for the dog are just a few of the countless reasons German Shepherds end up in shelters. On rare occasions, we will also take a dog into rescue directly from an owner.

What are the costs associated with fostering?
GSGSR pays for all approved veterinary expenses, including vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm and flea preventative. We work with vets who offer reduced rates. We will provide a good quality dry dog food and will loan foster families a crate if necessary. The most important thing a foster family provides is LOVE!

What is the foster process?
After the dog has passed our temperament evaluation, one of our volunteers will schedule a time for the foster dog to meet the foster family’s dogs. Depending on the situation a foster family may take the dog directly from the shelter with the help of a GSGSR volunteer or from a rescue friendly facility that is boarding the dog. GSGSR will coordinate any initial vet visits, shots and other needed medical attention. We require that all dogs stay in foster care for a minimum of 3 weeks. During that time the foster parents are expected to assess the dog and submit a foster home report.

What about special situation dogs?
We occasionally get in a dog that needs some very special help. GSGSR takes healthy and well adjusted dogs as well as dogs that need specific medical attention or may need additional training. Some dogs have never been socialized properly, and are shy or fearful of objects or strangers. Our goal is to match up the skills of the foster home with the needs of our foster dogs. We will work with you every step of the way during the foster process.

What if I love my foster dog and want to adopt?
Foster families are given first priority for adoption of their foster dog for three weeks. After that time period, the foster home can still adopt the foster dog, but only if there are no approved adopters interested in adopting the foster dog.

I’m interested in fostering. What do I do next?
Please fill out our online Foster Application. The foster application process is very similar to our adoption process. Once we have received your application one of our volunteers will be in contact with you.

If you have any other questions please email us at

Some of Our Success

Garden State German Shepherd Rescue has found forever homes for almost 400 German Shepherd since our inception in 2003. Here are just a few of our success stories.

Ebony – Fostered By GSGSR
Ivory – Fostered By GSGSR

In 2012 GSGSR was contacted by a gentleman who was about to lose his home and was desperate to find an organization to help find someone to adopt Ebony and Ivory, his two white German Shepherds. Ebony was a sweet dog who needed a special handler to build up her confidence around strangers and in social settings. Our foster home spent time integrating Ebony into their pack and Ebony is now living happily in her forever home, with a parrot as her best friend. Ivory was also adopted through our foster program and lives on a farm in southern New Jersey.


Ebony and Ivory are but two of the many dogs that have successfully come through our foster program to find forever homes. Without a network of foster homes, many German Shepherds that are currently in kill shelters throughout New Jersey are at risk of being euthanized. Quite simply foster homes saves lives. Foster homes are individuals or families who have agreed to open their hearts and their home to provide a safe and loving environment for these dogs until a permanent home can be found.

More Foster Success Stories