Jul 08
Last Updated on 16 February 2016


Fostering a G.R.I.N. dog - what does it mean?  To us it means:

One more Golden that’s saved.
One more Golden that’s loved.
One more Golden that won’t go to sleep hungry.
One more Golden that will get the medical attention they need.
One more Golden that will find their forever home.

 Being a foster home - to us it means:

Just one more bowl to fill with food.
At least two more sets of eyes to look at you for a treat, pat on the head, or just a kind word.
Only one more leash to hold onto when going for a walk.
Only  one more noseprint to wipe off the window or door.
Only four more paws to wipe before coming in.
Only one more Golden to pile in the car for a ride to the store or park.
Hopefully one more kiss to get on the cheek.
Absolutely one more hug to get at night.
For sure one more set of eyes and tail wagger to greet you at the door.
Thankfully, Giving an unwanted Golden a new start on finding their "forever" home.

 We urge you to consider being a foster home.  Whether it’s only for a few weeks or a few months, there are so many Goldens who need your help.  Won’t you consider even just one?  It really doesn’t take much time even if you have a busy schedule and no one is busier than us!  We assure you that the gratification you receive back from your "foster" will be a feeling that you will never forget or be able to replace.  They are all special and unique and just need a second chance.  We are grateful for each Golden we have had the pleasure of inviting into our home.  They will always be a part of our lives. 

Fostering a G.R.I.N. dog - what does that mean?  It only means opening up your home and heart to a Golden who so desperately needs your kindness.  Won’t you help us save just one more Golden?

Lennie and Jane K.
February 2007

 Fostering for G.R.I.N. has been a wonderful experience for me and my goldens.  Some dogs I have stayed too short a time, some too long, but regardless I have loved every one of them.

Fostering has helped me find dogs that fit my "golden family" with their personalities.  Fostering has also given me a direction for "my mission" with G.R.I.N.  I have completely become a "senior girl".  Had I not fostered, I would not have found my passion for senior dogs and the wonderful opportunity to adopt my second senior!

I was unable to foster for a period of time as one of my goldens was terminally ill.  I missed fostering and was very excited to be able to open up my home again to a foster dog.  I also quickly found out, "there is always room for one more" and the house seemed too quiet without multiple goldens lounging around.  Please consider opening up your hearts and homes to foster for G.R.I.N.!

Lynnete W.
January 2006


As I set out for my early morning walk with my two fosters and my own golden, I passed many people in cars going to work.  As I looked at them, I couldn’t help but notice that each one was looking at me and smiling. I thought perhaps I cut a comical sight as we four have not yet mastered walking as a team or perhaps it was the empty potential poop bags I was carrying in the pouch of my sweatshirt which made quite a bulge.


During my walk I focused on one of my fosters who was now walking a very strong mile and a half.  What a difference, I thought, from the dog I picked up barely two weeks ago.   I volunteered to take on a second foster when the mass email came out saying that there were dogs being kenneled due to lack of available foster homes.  He would have been one of those dogs.


On the ride home from West Park, he whined and jumped around my car in obvious distress.  This did not stop when we got home although, in addition, he started to howl.  Granted, it wasn’t the best night for sleeping.  But by the next afternoon he settled down.  However, he was a sick dog who refused dry food and would only eat small portions of canned food.  It required another trip to the vet for new antibiotics in order for him to turn the corner to good health. I can’t imagine how horrible it would have been for him to be kenneled throughout this time.


Let me tell you, now that his whole personality has emerged, this is one perfect dog.  It is amazing to me that, even though abandoned by his original owner, and in addition, also sick, never did his loyalty to the human race falter, nor did he ever become angry.  I was consistently greeted with kisses and tail wags.  If I go outside, he watches me at the door and waits until I return.  I could go on and on but to make a long story short, he is just all love.


This morning, as I watched him, I realized how honored I feel being the one to help. As we neared home, I noticed still one more person on his way to work smiling and then waving at us and I finally realized the real reason that he smiled.  It is because he wished he could be in my place.



By Brenda P.

I adopted my first G.R.I.N. dog just last December and started fostering soon after.I'm currently fostering two dogs, my 5th and 6th dogs simultaneously. The fostering component of our adoption process is the heart and soul of our organization because, without it, we are no more than an animal shelter, and if you have ever attempted to adopt a dog there, you know they cannot tell you much about the dog.

G.R.I.N. has so many hard-working and dedicated volunteers. From those who read applications and conduct the phone interview to those who are out there raising funds to support our dogs. To me, fostering is the jewel. By fostering, I get to see and experience the whole thing come together. I am like the actress on the stage witnessing the standing ovation, when, in truth, behind me are a cast of thousands who gave their support along the way.

When I initially pick up a dog, he/she is usually scared, many times not feeling very well (but now fully vetted by G.R.I.N.), desperate to connect to one human to re-establish that precious bond which exists only between man and dog. But as a foster mom, I get to be the one honored. And that's not all. When the Meet and Greet is set up, I so often think that no human being will be good enough in my eyes for this wonderful dog but, due to our strict application standards, I only see quality potential adopters who are as eager to adopt one of our dogs as a 5 year old on her way to an amusement park. And if that is not enough, I can actually behold these adopters in the process of falling in love with my foster. And if you have ever been able to witness "falling in love", no matter dog or human, it is a wonderful thing to behold.

We can't save them all. We all wish we could. But for that one dog , you can make all the difference in the world. It is so worth it.

If enough foster placements are not available, our wonderful goldens sit in kennels waiting for us to come through for them. Scared and lonely and sometimes not feeling well. If you can open your heart to this enriching experience, please consider doing so. It is a blessed thing.



G.R.I.N. brings in goldens from many situations - abandonment, relinquishment or rescue from a shelter.  Each dog, regardless of their background and history, needs to be evaluated by a G.R.I.N. volunteer to ensure proper placement with a forever family.  This is where our foster program comes in!  In addition to evaluating the dog, we will also ask you to help us match the golden with a permanent home.  Below is a brief outline of what we expect from our foster homes.

Foster Home Responsibilities:

  • Provide a loving home for rescued goldens
  • Provide for the dog's needs such as food, shelter and basic care
  • Evaluate the golden's temperament
  • If needed, begin teaching basic obedience commands
  • If necessary, schedule and attend veterinary appointments
  • Assist with the adoption process, talking to and meeting with potential applicants
  • Facilitate and complete adoption


The amount of dogs we bring in is contingent upon the availablity of our foster homes.  The more homes we have, the more dogs we can rescue.

We recognize that without foster homes, G.R.I.N. could not survive.  We are glad to give our foster families the first option to adopt their foster dog.

Please note:  You MUST be 21 years or older to apply for fostering and live within NE Ohio area


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