Foster a German Shepherd dog

Become a foster carer for a German Shepherd

Foster Carers are the heart and soul of our rescue, allowing us to provide our rescue dogs with a warm and loving environment while waiting for their forever home.

The transition period from one home to the next can be both a delightful and stressful time for both German Shepherds and humans.

A fair amount of emotional resilience is necessary as foster carers and their families will, in most cases, need to say goodbye to their foster dog after what may have been an extended stay as part of their family.

Foster a German Shepherd dog

Do you think you have what it takes to be a foster carer?

Foster carers need to be patient and understanding.

Some dogs may have been subject to abuse and/or neglect.

Some dogs may also be suffering from the separation from a loving family.

Foster carers need to provide a secure and caring environment.

German Shepherd Rescue SA cover all food and veterinary costs.

German Shepherd Rescue SA provide training and ongoing support.

Foster a German Shepherd dog

Special needs dogs

Special needs dogs are those requiring specific behavioural or medical support. These dogs need foster carers with more experience and time to support their rehabilitation and/or treatment programs.

In behavioural cases, these dogs need highly experienced foster carers who are willing to work with anxiety or fear-based issues, which often result in unwanted behaviours. One of the more common behaviours is reactivity or fear-based aggression towards other dogs or people.

These dogs need calm, confident, consistent, patient carers with a willingness to learn.

We are always looking for people who have the skills and willingness to work with dogs with special needs.

Foster a German Shepherd dog

Working Line German Shepherds

We are also always in need of special foster carers for working line German Shepherd dogs.

Working line dogs are confident, high drive, high energy dogs who need handlers to match their level of confidence and with the ability to accommodate their needs.

This means plenty of physical and mental activity to keep them performing at their best, and to prevent behaviours that can arise from boredom and frustration.

We are always looking for people who have the skills and willingness to work with dogs with these issues.

If you are ready to open your home and heart to one of our beautiful dogs and to give them a temporary loving environment until their forever home is found, please fill out and submit our Foster Application Form here.