We are extremely fortunate to have a remarkable pool of people that provide foster care for some of our dogs. These volunteers open their hearts and their homes to our dogs that need temporary care in a comfortable, loving environment near one of our campuses.
The dogs requiring foster care could be from any aspect of our program - breeder dogs, guide dog puppies, active or retired guide dogs, or dogs in training - and the reasons for needing foster care are just as diverse, for example:
- GDB may be providing boarding while a program dog’s caretakers are traveling, moving, or are recovering from illness, and the dog may benefit from being in a home environment instead.
- A dog may be under medical care with our veterinary staff and needs to be in close proximity to campus.
- We may need to evaluate a dog’s behavior in a home environment.
- A dog could be awaiting placement into its permanent adoptive home.
Most foster care needs are relatively short in duration - just a few days or a few weeks at a time. Some dogs pose more behavioral or physical challenges, and in rare instances, we even need volunteers to provide hospice care for dogs at the end of their lives. We always try to match each dog with an ideal care provider, while still respecting the needs of both the dog and the volunteer. One thing is for sure, we are very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support we receive from this special group of volunteers.