Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Becoming a foster home is one of the biggest impacts anyone can have in the life of a homeless dog. NorCal German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue relies on foster homes to save many dogs every year that have little hope of escaping overcrowded shelters. These foster homes provide a stable place for rescued German Shorthairs to recoup from their time in the shelter, learn necessary commands and manners, and wait for their lucky human to come along and adopt them.
If you are interested in becoming a foster home, there are two primary options:
- Long-term foster care: This is a commitment of a few months or more and is the biggest need.
- Short-term foster care: This can be anywhere from a few days to 1 month, and is usually as a back-up for regular foster homes when they go on vacation.
When a new foster home joins the program, the Foster Coordinator walks through a few key steps:
- Home visit: The Foster Coordinator or another volunteer will meet you and any current dogs, and give you suggestions for preparing your house and yard for the foster dog.
- Preference review: Go over with you what sort of dog you are interested in fostering; some people prefer only male or only female, some prefer senior dogs, etc.
- Dog identification: Once a dog in a shelter is identified, you will be contacted via e-mail as to your interest in fostering this dog (please do not contact the shelters directly yourself unless you wish to adopt a dog from them - our intake coordinator speaks to the shelters daily regarding the dogs and we want to avoid any confusion).
We do not accept dogs into the rescue program unless we have a foster home for them.
NorCal GSP Rescue needs foster homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, from Redding to Fresno and everywhere in between. If you think you might be able to help German Shorthaired Pointers in need by becoming a foster home, please respond to this posting.