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Foster Home Information

Thank you so very much for taking the time to complete this foster questionnaire.  This information will permit us to more effectively match you with a dog in need of a foster home.  With the economic crisis the way it is and people losing their jobs and their homes, many dogs, like their owner's, are suddenly homeless.  We are currently in need of short term fosters, long term fosters and fosters for unclaimed and permanently surrendered dogs that will be made available for adoption.  

Contact Information
Name of Primary Caretaker
Daytime Phone  Please include area code.
Evening Phone Include area code.
Best Time & Place To Call 

Age Of Primary Caretaker



Information to Match You With The Right Foster Dog

How soon will you be ready to foster a dog?   Now or Specify When

If you have ever fostered a dog before, please tell us about your previous fostering experience.

Are there any limitations regarding sex or age of the dog you would be willing to foster?  If so, please specify.

Are there any limitations regarding the length of time you can foster the dog?  If so, please elaborate.

Are you willing to foster a dog with medical needs? No  Yes

Are you willing to foster a dog in need of some obedience training?  No  Yes

Types, ages, and sexes of other animals in the home. How long owned?  Kept where?

Are the above animals current on vaccinations & heartworm preventative? Yes  No

Are ALL the above animals spayed or neutered? Yes  No

Are the above animals friendly with other dogs? Yes  No

Please provide a description of your experience with German Shepherds or other large breed dogs. Please include any experience with training or special activities. 

Do you have a GSD sized crate? Yes  No
Do you intend to keep the dog primarily indoors or outdoors?  Please elaborate.

Where will the dog sleep at night? 

Approximately how many hours a day will the foster dog be alone?  
3 hours or less  3-6 hours  6-12 hours 12-18 hours

Approximately how many hours a day can you spend with the foster dog?

What would be your response if he made a mistake?

What is your definition of disciplining a dog?

Information About Your Home

Which of the following best describes your current residence? (Check one)
Own Home  Rent/Lease Home  Rent/Lease Apt or Condo Other

Do you have a fence?  No  Yes  Type of Fencing
Fence Height    Type of Gates
Is fence solid & secure?  No  Yes  Can children open gates?  No  Yes

What type of improvements are needed to make the yard secure?  How long is this likely to take?

If you have a pool, is it fenced?  No  Yes  Not Applicable
If you have a dog run is it secure?  No  Yes  Not Applicable

Have you checked the yard for dangerous articles, plants or anything that the dog could use to climb the fence?   Yes  No
Are there any distractions outside your yard that could plague the dog? (i.e., neighbors dogs, loose dogs on the street, mischievous children)?Yes No
Can children gain access to your yard?  Yes  No

Please list the people that currently live at your residence.
(Name, Relationship to you & Age)

Has your family discussed the pros & cons of fostering a GSD?Yes  No
Is your life style such that friends, relatives and children gain admittance to your home, property and car without your supervision?  Yes  No
If you have children are you willing to teach them the proper way to handle a new animal?
Yes  No  Not Applicable/No children
Are you willing to accept that the dog may not like all your children's friends?
YesNo Not Applicable/No children
Does everyone in the family want to foster a dog?  Yes  No
What is your family's overall reaction to fostering a dog?

Are you financially prepared to give your foster the routine medical care it may require? Yes  No
Have you carefully considered how fostering a dog will fit into your lifestyle?Yes No
What kind of dog food do you plan on feeding this foster dog?

Have you had any complaints about your pets?  Yes  No
If yes, please explain.

Does anyone in the household have any known allergies to animals?  Yes No
If yes, please explain.

Do you have a veterinarian you have used before & plan to use with your new foster dog?  Yes  No

Vet Name
Vet Address
Vet Phone

How did you find out about our foster program?  (Please be as specific as possible - Vet, Shelter, Friend, Newspaper - which one?, Internet - what site?, etc) This is extremely helpful information to us.

Any other comments you'd like to add for consideration of your application to foster a dog?

We reserve the right to inspect all homes and yards prior to approving any foster situation, or following any foster placement.  Is this okay?  No    Yes

You are almost finished! Please read the Foster Family Agreement carefully and type in YES to agree to terms and conditions.  This application will not go thru unless the word YES is typed in the space provided below the following agreement.

Foster Family Agreement

I want to help the Tampa Bay German Shepherd Rescue and the American German Shepherd Rescue Association provide a good temporary home for either a dog in need of adoption or, in rare cases, a dog whose family is currently unable to care for their pet while recovering from some natural disaster. As a Foster Family/Parent, I agree to adhere to all the regulations and requirements of TBGSR and AGSRA. I will foster the dog for the period of time as determined by the rescue and me. While the dog is in my care, I will follow the guidelines in the Foster Family Manual, socialize the dog to as many sights, sounds, people, and places as possible, reinforce the commands the dog already knows, reinforce good house manners, and report to my foster coordinator any problems or concerns.

The following are regulations, responsibilities and commitments of our Foster Families:

  • The dog I am raising belongs to either the family that has temporarily surrendered the dog due to personal hardship, or to a member organization of the American German Shepherd Rescue Association.
  • I will be financially responsible for food, treats and toys for the dog while s/he is in my home.
  • I will give the dog love and attention.
  • I will foster the dog in my house and depending on age and behavior, the dog will sleep in a crate or on the floor in the bedroom or as discussed/approved by my foster coordinator.
  • The dog will have house training and in-house etiquette consistently reinforced. I will not allow the dog on any furniture, to beg for food, to jump on people at any time, or to mouth people. I will not allow any "rough housing" with the dog, playing tug-of-war, or chasing of the dog.
  • I will only allow the dog to interact/play with other pets under supervision.
  • I will familiarize the dog with people of all ages and varied places and sounds. I will work on confidence in new situations and calm greetings with new people.
  • I will feed the dog according to my foster coordinator's specifications, and I will not feed the dog any table food or allow him/her to become overweight.
  • I will regularly groom the foster dog.
  • I will walk the dog regularly on a loose leash and not allow the dog to pull on the leash.
  • I will not allow the dog to be off leash outside unless in a safe, fenced in yard. I also will not tie the dog outside unattended.
  • I will notify my foster coordinator immediately if any injury or illness should occur while the dog is in my care. I will obtain emergency veterinary care for the dog if necessary.
  • I hold TBGSR, the AGSRA or it's member organizations harmless for any property damage or personal injury caused by the foster dog while he/she is in my care.

The information on my application is true and accurate. I have read the above information and agree to these responsibilities and understand them.  I also understand that if this agreement is not adhered to, the foster dog may be removed from the premises and placed elsewhere.  

Please acknowledge that you have read the above agreement completely and understand and agree to it by typing YES in the text box. This box must be completed to send the application. 

Clicking the Submit Button will return you to our website.

Thank you so very much for participating in our foster program.  Without people like you, we could not accomplish all that we do.

If your have any comments or concerns about this program please take a moment to share them with us via email. We are always interested and open to your viewpoint.

We are always prepared to gratefully accept donations, which will help us to continue to provide care to homeless German Shepherd Dogs.

Diane Roberts
Email: tampabaygsdrescue@frontier.com

Tampa Bay German Shepherd Rescue
11904 Mc Mullen Loop
Riverview, FL 33569

South  East Regional Coordinator
American German Shepherd Rescue Assoc, Inc.
Website:  www.agrsa.com

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Last updated: 08/18/2017