North Louisiana German Shepherd Rescue

 What is involved in being a foster home? 

North Louisiana German Shepherd Rescue Most of the GSDs we rescue from shelters have not been taken care of emotionally or physically but the most common reason that they have ended up in shelters is that their people simply didn't care enough; Did not care enough to properly ensure their safety with fencing, to ensure that they had ID tags or were micro chipped in case they got lost, Did not care enough to protect them from preventable illness, Did not care enough to provide the structure and training to avoid behavioral problems, Did not care enough to simply bring them in the house, talk to them occasionally and tell them that they were loved.

These wonderful dogs need TLC. Our foster homes provide a safe place for these unloved dogs to learn what it is like to be safe, and well-fed and loved.  We at North Louisiana German Shepherd Rescue are hoping to recruit qualified foster homes to help us teach these dogs that its okay to love again, to trust learn to just be good canine citizens. In addition to providing the all-important TLC we also ask that our foster families help brush up the skills that make a dog more adoptable - house manners and learning to walk on a lead and taking treats gently etc... 

If you have the time and energy and the love to give as a NLGSR Foster Home, we need you!

Foster Home Questionnaire

Please complete this admittedly rather lengthy foster home questionnaire.  Please let us know if you would prefer that we send you this questionnaire via email or US Post.  We will review it and get back to you as soon as possible.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.   And thank you so very much for your interest in becoming a foster home to one of our rescued German Shepherd Dogs. Volunteers are the heart of our organization and we appreciate each volunteer's dedication and hard work.

A home visit will be required prior to fostering a dog for North Louisiana German Shepherd Rescue. We reserve the right to deny any application at our sole discretion. Of course our only goal is that we provide what is in the dogs' best interest.

Contact Information - all fields *MUST* be completed.

Name of Primary Caretaker

Email Address *REQUIRED*






Home Phone 

Please include area code.

Cell Phone

Include area code.

Best Time & Place To Call 

Age Of Primary Caretaker

  Marital Status Married  Single Other

Please list all the people that currently live at your residence, or regularly visit, children and adults.
(Please list their relationship to you & age.  We do not need the children's names.)

Please list age, gender, and type of other animals in the household, even if you do not own them.

Information to Match You With The Right Foster Dog

Do you now own, or have you, in the past, owned a GSD? Yes No

Why would you like to provide a foster home for a German Shepherd Dog?

Have you ever fostered a pet before? Yes No

If you have fostered previously, please tell us about your experience.

Will you be able to take your foster GSD to the veterinarian when needed? Yes No

How far are you able to drive to pick up a foster/meet with transports or meet with a prospective permanent home?

Do you have any health problems that may affect your fostering ability (i.e. can't lift heavy weights, can't walk far, etc.).

Do you understand that foster care may last days, weeks or months? Yes No

If you go out of town during the time you have a foster GSD, what provisions do you have for its care?

Please relate any experience you have with problem dogs (i.e. digging, barking, aggression, dominance, etc.).

Please indicate all of the following that you are comfortable and capable of dealing with:

Active Dogs

Shy Dogs

Stand-Offish Dogs



Nail Clipping

Crate Training

House Training

Obedience Training

Giving Medications

From the following list of traits, please list the 5 most appealing characteristics of a GSD to you, in order of most important (1) to least important (5)


















Good with kids

Good with cats

Good with other dogs

Other (list and rank it)

Do you own a crate? Yes No

Information About Your Home

Which of the following best describes your current residence? (Check one)
Own Home  Own Manufactured HomeRent/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 dog run is it secure?  No  Yes  Not Applicable

Your Foster Preferences

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

Please indicate ALL that you are willing to foster:




Puppies (8 weeks +)

Mother w/puppies

Pregnant Females

Injured/Sick GSDs

Very Young Puppies

Abused/Neglected GSDs

Please state any age preferences for the GSDs you will foster: 

Would you foster a dog with special medical needs such as daily medication or physical therapy?
Yes No

Would you foster a GSD in need of some obedience training?  Yes No

Would you foster a GSD in need of socializing?  Yes No

Would you foster a GSD with behavior problems?  Yes No

Are there characteristics/problems (behavior, medical or otherwise) you would rather not tackle?

What type of foster care would you prefer? 
Regular/Long Term  Emergency  Short Term  No Preference - Whatever is Needed

Are you willing to foster a GSD indefinitely?  Yes No Maybe

Your Veterinarian

We will be calling your veterinarian to make sure all your pets are up to date on vaccinations, preventatives and routine medical care.

Names of pets that you have had treated there?  

Vet Name 

Vet Address 

Vet Phone 

Please include area code.

Would your veterinarian be willing to offer discounted care for rescues?
Yes   No  Don't Know

Please List 3 Personal References

One reference may be a family member not living with you.  Please do not list your vet here.  










How did you find out about our foster program?  (Please be as specific as possible)

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?  Yes  No

Clicking the Submit Button will return you to North Louisiana German Shepherd Rescue's website.

North Louisiana German Shepherd Rescue
Downsville, LA 71234
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