Angel Corps

the Foster Program

MAGRR foster families are also known as our Angel Corps. They provide a safe, comfortable and stable environment for our Goldens to learn and feel loved. The foster period is a crucial step in preparing our Goldens for adoption. It is a learning experience for both family and dog.

You don’t need a big house or a dog training degree to become a foster for MAGRR — just a big heart with plenty of love to share. MAGRR’s Foster Care Team is available to offer insight and guidance to new foster families.

If you are apprehensive about becoming a foster family, consider easing into the experience.

For instance, you might first like to try vacation fostering, a term we use for babysitting a Golden while its foster family is out of town.

If cute and cuddly puppies are your preference, become a puppy foster. How about offering a hospice Golden a comfortable place to live out the rest of her days?

Perhaps you have an appropriate home for a heartworm-treated dog. A Golden recovering from heartworm treatment requires 30 days of rest and recuperation with little to no activity.

Even if you are only available to foster during the summer or to keep a Golden for a holiday weekend, we need you!

What is expected of a foster family?

  • Basic requirements include welcoming the dog into your home, providing a premium brand of dog food, and transporting the Golden to any pre-arranged veterinary appointments.
  • Photos and updates shared by the foster family help provide potential adopters with a more complete profile of the dog — a particularly important resource for New England applicants.
  • It is also helpful when our foster families reinforce a few basic house manners, such as housebreaking or sitting for a treat.
  • Most importantly, a MAGRR Golden needs plenty of love.

Note: We won’t place dogs in homes with unaltered pets, as this solicits issues and conflicts with our mission as a rescue organization; nor homes with very young children (generally under 8) except for rare exception.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to foster a rescued Golden?

Perhaps you have questions, or the temporal nature of foster dogs being in your home makes the decision seemingly impossible. Read the experiences of our own foster families in their own words about what the MAGRR Angel Corps program has meant to them. Please reach out to the Foster Care Team if you wish to learn more about the program.

We started fostering back in 2005, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences we have had. Seeing these homeless, neglected Goldens come into the program and thrive when they have a home, good nutrition, and lots of human love is a hugely rewarding experience. People tell us they can’t foster because they couldn’t give up the dogs … but we do it to save these gentle, adorable, loyal, beautiful dogs.

Barb C., Foster

I have fostered for several groups. MAGRR is by far the easiest to work with. Everyone is so nice and helpful. I love the breed but can’t afford to take on another dog of my own. This is the perfect way to have another Golden in the house. The time frame that they are there is usually very short. My kids love helping an animal in need. The entire family always looks forward to our next guest!

Angela K., Foster

Our family began fostering when a sweet Golden was found in our office parking lot, and we reached out to MAGRR. They asked if we would be interested in being a foster family, and after a discussion with our two boys, we decided that not only would we be doing a service for a worthwhile cause, but also would be teaching our family a wonderful life lesson about the care for these beautiful pets. … Our family has now been blessed with over 50 fosters, and we look forward to many more.

Doug C., Foster

I began fostering for MAGRR in 2009. Being a foster care provider takes a considerable amount of time, dedication and genuine love of animals. It is certainly not a job for everyone. The reward is knowing that you contributed to changing a dog’s life and gave them a second chance and that is a very precious and a worthwhile gift to both the dog and his or her new family. Fostering is a ministry in itself, caring for God’s creatures. Every dog I have fostered has touched my life in different ways. I have many happy memories of all my fosters and their families. It is a life-changing experience that I am honored to have.

Diane J., Foster

When talking to others about my fostering experience, I am always asked, “How do you give them up?”. It’s not always easy, and I have shed many tears when I have sent a dog on its journey to its forever home; however, I also know that I have just made a big difference to someone’s life! A dog has been rescued and a family has gained a new, loving member. And as I say goodbye to my foster, I know there is another dog that will need my help, and thus, the rewarding cycle continues.

Kristin O., Foster

For an abused, abandoned, neglected dog, a loving foster home is likely the closest thing to heaven that he has ever experienced. Knowing that you can offer him safety, lots of love and attention, good food, clean cool water, a bed to sleep on, and real security is a wonderful and satisfying feeling that fosters experience each time they take in a new dog. … There’s nothing that comes close to being a foster for MAGRR. Yes, letting him go hurts, but, with MAGRR, you can trust that he is going to another loving home. And for you, the process starts over, and you get to repeat that wonderful experience again and again.

Bibba H., Foster

I have been part of the MAGRR Foster family for about a year now and it’s been such an amazing experience. First off, I have been able to help our dogs who need the most support as they transition from being rescued to their forever homes. Each dog has their own distinct personality and honestly, each one has taught me a little! I have always felt so supported by the MAGRR team — they are so great at answering questions and always have great perspective to share. I love being able to help out this great organization!

Katie K., Foster

My late husband and I began fostering for MAGRR in the fall of 2009. The first one, Luci Lu, was a sweet 12-year-old girl, and it was difficult to place her on the transport. But then, another foster reminded me that each time a foster child leaves, I’m making space for the next rescue who needs me. And there is a never-ending stream of these dogs who need foster homes. … My fosters have comforted me and given me a reason to face each day knowing I’m doing something that truly makes a difference. Please consider fostering one of our rescued Goldens.

Yvonne T., Foster
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