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Foster Homes

Foster homes are an essential part of SASRA.  Without them, we wouldn't be able to function.  Once we have evaluated and decided to take a German Shepherd into the SASRA family, the dog is placed within the volunteer foster home for care until a permanent home can be found.  The foster home is responsible for any medical care needed, such as microchipping, updated shots, fecal and bloodworktests, spay/neuter, or any other illness or injury the dog may suffer.  Once the dog has settled in and the foster volunteer has a good grasp on how the dog reacts to other people and dogs in public, the foster dog may be taken to events for exposure.   Most important is that communication with the Placement Committee be maintained regarding the foster dog - it's temperament, it's medical condition (if applicable), it's reactions to children, other dogs, and if possible cats.  This information is vital to a successful placement of the foster dog.  Because most of our dogs are stressed when we take them into our family, we do not put them out for adoption for at least 2 weeks after they come into the home.  This gives them a chance to settle down and lets their true personality begin to shine.  Once a potential adopter has been found, they will be put in touch with the foster home.  At the meeting, it is the foster home's responsibility to observe the dynamics of the interaction and whether or not it is felt that this will be a good match for everyone.  Foster dogs can be in the home for as little as a month or as long as 6 or more months, depending on the dog and finding a home for it. 
If you are not currently a SASRA Volunteer, please fill out a volunteer agreement and write foster home position on the first page.