​GSDRI is always in need of volunteer homes to help us rescue and rehabilitate GSDs in need. By volunteering your home, you help us save more dogs. Because GSDRI does not have a shelter, we rely on volunteer homes to provide a safe, temporary home to prepare dogs for adoption. The more people who open their homes, the more dogs we can save. It's a rewarding and fun way to make a difference in the life of a dog!

Apply to be a Volunteer Home


How much does it cost?

GSDRI covers all of the expenses for feeding and veterinary care of the dogs. You provide the love, care, patience, and training until the dog is adopted.

I don't have a fence. Can I still foster?

Yes! One of our volunteers will speak with you about your home.

I have a dog, cat, kid, etc. How does that work?

One of our volunteers will speak with you about your home's needs.

I let my dogs use an indoor/outdoor run when I am not home. Is this okay?

No. GSDRI requires all volunteer homes to be strictly inside. The dog must not be allowed or left unsupervised outdoors for extended periods of time.

Do I have a say in who adopts the dog I am volunteering my home for?

Yes! GSDRI believes the volunteer home's opinion is essential in proper placement.

What happens if I fall in love with the dog I am volunteering my home for?

You can adopt the dog! We call that being a "volunteer home failure!"

How long will I need to volunteer my home for a dog?

The time frame for volunteering your home for a dog is a minimum of three weeks. The dog will remain in your home until the dog is adopted. Many of our dogs are adopted in 2-3 months, but we cannot guarantee this time frame.

What happens if my volunteer home is not a good fit for the dog?

You are not required to volunteer your home for any dog that you do not wish. GSDRI will work on moving the dog as soon as possible.

I'm ready to be a volunteer my home! How do I get started?

Complete the volunteer home application and GSDRI will contact you shortly.

Apply to be a Volunteer Home


Contact us at info@gsdri.org