Fostering for the UK-GSR

- Foster a German Shepherd -


Fostering can be a very rewarding experience when you see a dog that you helped and train move onto their next part of their journey. 

Fostering can be a great way to own a dog without long term commitment, if you work or live abroad for part of the year but enjoy the company of a dog when home, fostering can fill that gap.

Maybe you just love the breed and would love to help us rescue and re-home unwanted German shepherds.

You can foster a GSD in it's own or welcome one into your pack to aid them with training and social manors with other dogs.

You won’t be on your own; our experienced team will be there every step of the way. You will receive full backup, ongoing 24 hour support and a financial support with veterinary costs. If you’ve ever thought about fostering we’d love to hear from you.

We are looking for real people from all regions of the UK who can foster a dog.
Can you foster a German Shepherd until we find them their own family, can you give them a safe, caring and stable home, whilst keeping them in a family home?

You will need to pass one of our home checks and have a suitable secure garden. 

Your Age - You must be at least 25 years old to foster one of our dogs

Your Home - If you rent your home you will need written consent from your landlord. We DO NOT foster dogs to flats or apartments, properties with shared common greens or no gardens.

Living with parents - ensure your parents give consent for a dog to live in their house, they must be present at the home check.

Home Checks - our home checker will make an appointment to visit your home and conduct a friendly interview and visual home viewing, please ensure all occupants are present at the time of viewing.

Living area - Your foster dog must live within the family house, we DO NOT foster dogs to homes with outdoor kennels or kept chained in gardens

Transport - You will need transport (car) to collect your dog, we can help with part of the collection via our transport volunteers, if needed. You will need transport should the dog need veterinary treatment as the rescue cannot arrange or fund collection and returns for local journeys.

Health - You must be able to walk your dog or have somebody walk it for you if disabled, a dogs level of physical fitness depends it's age and health, if you are not very active you can still foster an older dogs who would prefer your company over a long walk.

Fostering is like owning a dog but without the worry of the vet bills, the UK German Shepherd Rescue will cover all veterinary costs including vaccinations, micro-chipping and spay and neutering whilst in foster care. The rescue does not cover food unless they require a specialist diet. On average it costs about £15 per week to feed a German Shepherd, but there are other things you need to think about.


Your foster dog will arrived wearing a collar and lead, if you don't have dogs already you may need to purchase extra items such as food and water bowls, harnesses or head collars, beds or bedding, toys and treats.


The average size German Shepherd costs about £15 per week to feed (excluding treats) this can vary by the size of the dog and whether the dog prefers complete dry dog food or tinned meat and biscuits etc, special diets are covered by the rescue.


A dog will require routine worming treatments and these can cost £10-£15 every 3 months.

Flea Treatment

A dog will require regular flea treatments and these can cost around £5 per month.

Grooming and Bathing

The rescue expects you to groom and maintain a dogs coat and ensure nails are not overgrown, visits to the groomers are not covered by the rescue nor are shampoo's for home bathing.

Vets Fees And Insurance

Foster dogs or any dog belong to our rescue are not covered by pet insurance, all veterinary costs are out of pocket expenses for the rescue. The rescue has on average over 42 dogs, so vet bills can be a huge strain on resources. We cover all "approved" veterinary costs but don't cover unapproved visits so please always ensure you have completed a veterinary request form before attending your vet.

Types of fostering roles

Short / Long Term Foster

Short term foster care ranges from a few days to a few weeks. Easy to rehome German Shepherds that come into our care are often placed in short term foster homes, these dogs are normally adopted quicker than other dogs, this could be because they are young dogs or puppies, more sociable with other dogs and like children. Cat friendly dogs are always adopted quicker.

Long term foster homes care for a full range of dogs including those details above, they care for our younger pups to our more senior citizens and everything in between. 

Retirement Foster

Retirement fosterers care for our senior dogs that require a home to see out their days. Sadly due to their age and or medical history they become undesirable for adoption. Whenever possible we place these dogs into our retirement foster homes where they can be warm, comfy and most importantly loved.

Specialist Foster 

Special fosterers care for our more challenging roles, these range from new born puppies requiring bottle feeding to more unsociable dogs that need some extra training and guidance. Specialist foster carers need to experienced in their roles and fully understand the breed and the dogs they will care for.

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The UK-GSR  has never put a healthy dog down.