Unrealistic expectations, unexpected litters, health issues, financial hardships, lifestyle changes – these are just some of the reasons GSDs are given up and some end up in shelters. But once a GSD is in a state of homelessnes, our concern is how to get it to a safe place and into a loving home. That safe place is a foster home.
Fostering a GSD is more than providing a home. It’s providing love, training, discipline, socialization, exercise and endless learning. Rescue GSDs can be challenging; they will usually be confused, misunderstood and very needy.
All Foster Homes experience the joys of caring for an animal in need, and also the difficulty of giving up the dog to other people. We are not going to lie to you, it can be challenging to give up an animal, especially when a dog must remain in a foster home for a long time period.
But most people who regularly foster dogs would agree that this loss is minimal compared to the happiness they experience when their Foster Dog is placed in a loving and stable home.