About the Angel Corps

Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue

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Be an Angel…
 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 Coordinator is available to offer insight and guidance to new foster families.

If you are apprehensive about becoming a foster family, there are ways for you to ease into the experience. For instance, you might first like to try vacation fostering, a term we use for babysitting a Golden while his/her 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 heart worm treated dog. A Golden recovering from heart worm treatment requires thirty 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? 
The 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. We ask that our fosters please send in a new photo and an update of the Golden to the webmaster, to give potential adopters a more accurate description. It is helpful when our foster families can 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 don’t place dogs in homes where the current dogs are not spayed or neutered.  This can cause issues and goes against our mission.


Read what our current Angel Corps members have to say about our foster program. To pause the slider, simply hover your mouse over the text.

  • First and foremost – I am a Golden Retriever Breeder and my focus in my breeding program is to provide potential therapy dogs that can be registered with a national therapy dog organization and provide love, care and smiles to our community!!  One day my dear friend, Lynne Briggs, asked me to foster a litter of puppies for MAGRR.  I agreed to do so and from that point on – I was hooked!!  I love puppies – especially MAGRR puppies!  These puppies that I foster for MAGRR are amazing!!  The communication that I have with their potential adopters is above and beyond anything that I do with my own puppies that I’ve bred.  I talk (numerous times) to the potential families, send pictures to them and follow up on their progress as these puppies meld into their new families!  The greatest gratification I receive is when I get an email from a family that has a new MAGRR puppy that states their puppy graduated “top of their class” in their puppy class!!!!  That tells me that these adoptee families understand what it takes to make their puppy the perfect addition to their family!!!  I love the pictures that they send also!!!  Thank you so much MAGRR for allowing me to be apart of this awesome organization!!!!!
    –Debb Taylor

  • 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, and sure we fail at some and keep them, but we do it to save these gentle, adorable, loyal, beautiful dogs.
    –Doug and Barb Cowan

  • 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 Klein

  • 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, and how important the role of a foster is.  I often hear “I could never foster, as it would be too sad to see them go.”  Although we fall in love with each foster, we have learned the joy of watching them leave to be with their new forever family.  These pets deserve this and I know the information we provide the potential adopters is critical in the decision they make.  Our family has now been blessed with over 50 fosters, and we look forward to many more.
    –Doug and Lynda Thompson and Family

  • 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 Jackson

  • 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 good-bye to my foster, I know there is another dog that will need my help…and thus, the rewarding cycle continues.
    –Kristin Ogburn

  • 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.  But, since fostering is not about us, but rather about the dog, imagine this.  Look into the beautiful brown eyes of a golden that MAGRR has rescued.  See the dullness, the fear, the hurt, the pain, and the insecurity that he has had.  Now, watch those eyes.   Watch as they lose their dullness and begin to sparkle, watch the fear and hurt turn into love and trust.  It takes time, but it does happen.  And, as a foster, you are a part of the change.  You are responsible for the love and the trust that this dog feels.  There’s nothing like that experience.  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 Holland

  • 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 Kling

  • My late husband Ken Thomas and I began fostering for MAGRR in the fall of 2009, almost five years ago. The first one Luci Lu, was a sweet 12-yr 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. When I’m feeling too attached or emotionally involved, I remember what our Founder (Phyl Simmons) has taught me: “It’s all about the dog.” Then I can set my own feelings aside and do what is best for the dog. Mr. Thomas passed away last September. I took a three month hiatus from fostering. But in January I brought Bailee into my home and 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 Thomas