At GRIN we appreciate all of our volunteers, but the backbone of GRIN is our foster homes.  In fact, we are limited to how many Goldens we can bring into our care by the number of available foster spaces. We are always in need of foster homes, even those who may only be able to take 1 – 2 dogs a year. Won’t you consider fostering a Golden today?

Foster family responsibilities:

  • Provide a loving temporary home and demonstrate, perhaps for the first time what a loving relationship is all about.  
  • Build his/her confidence
  • Improve basic obedience
  • Provide for the dogs needs such as food, shelter, exercise and basic care.
  • Schedule and attend veterinary appointments for any illnesses
  • Evaluate his or her habits and behavior to assist the Adoption Coordinator in the adoption matching process
  • Talk with and meet potential applicants

GRIN provides for all the medical care associated with your foster dog.  Additionally, you are provided with resources including a foster packet of reference materials and a Foster Buddy who is available to provide ongoing support.  If you fall in love and can’t let your foster dog go, no worry, foster homes always have first right of adoption. 

This is a huge responsibility but also an awesome opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a dog in need.  The time the dog spends in your care is setting them up for a successful adoption and a happy bright future.

If you are interested in opening your heart and home to a Golden who needs GRIN’s help by fostering, we invite you to complete the foster application or contact GRIN’s Foster Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you might have.

Fostering one dog will not change the world…but for that one dog, his world will be forever changed.


A Poem to my Foster Dog

"I am the bridge between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush, because my heart melted when I saw you, matted and sore, limping, depressed, lonely, unwanted, afraid to love. 
For one little time you are mine. 
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole. 
I am made of steel. 
Because when the time comes, when you are well, and sleek, when your eyes shine, and your tail wags with joy, then comes the hard part.
I will let you go - not without a tear, but without a regret. 
For you are safe forever - a new dog needs me now." 

--Diane Morgan 1999