Since our inception, GRCGLA Rescue has been committed to helping the neediest dogs, including the old,
sick and injured. The Permanent Foster Program allows us to do just that.
What is a permanent foster?
A permanent foster is a dog whom we have rescued but, because of a serious disease or disability, has a very low probability of being adopted. The determination to make a dog a permanent foster is made by our Board of Directors. These dogs go into loving foster homes where the foster family is able to care for them and work with their special needs. 

This is a very important program because it gives our less fortunate dogs an opportunity to live in loving homes and to receive necessary medical care for the rest of their lives.

Just like with our regular foster program, which provides temporary homes to dogs waiting to find their forever homes, GRCGLA Rescue pays the cost for all medical bills, and the foster family provides the food, toys and love. For more information about being a foster family,  click here

Since our inception, GRCGLA Rescue has been committed to helping the neediest dogs, including the old, sick and injured. The Permanent Foster Program allows us to do just that.

How you can help…

There are a couple of ways you can help. First, if you have the time and desire, you can apply to become a foster family. This process is very similar to the adoption process and requires that you complete an adoption application and have a home visit ( click here to be directed to the application page ). Once you’ve completed the application and have had your home visit, we will contact you if we have a dog that we feel would do well in your home. 

Another way to help is to consider making a monetary donation. Our permanent foster dogs would greatly appreciate your generosity in donating to help cover some of their medical expenses. If you would like to help in this manner, please click on the donate button below.
Liberty came into rescue from a local shelter. She had a burst mammary tumor so the shelter asked us to come and get her. After surgery to remove the tumor, it was determined that the mass was a low grade cancer but she was probably going to be ok, since the surgeon got good margins. A short time later, she developed two other small masses that needed to be removed; both were cancer. Again they got good margins so we are hopeful that Liberty will have lots of life and love ahead of her. Liberty is currently living with a family who loves her very much. They are keeping a close eye on her to check for any other masses, but we hope none will be found.
Pikachu is a 10 year-old boy we found at the shelter.  He is on the small side and has a very mellow personality. Unfortunately, Pikachu (called Pete by his foster family) is struggling with Pancreatitis and will have to be monitored for the rest of his life. He is not available for adoption because he has not been neutered and, because of his fragile health, we do not want to put him under anesthesia just for that purpose. He loves his foster family very much and they love him. His foster family is very happy to keep Pete and give him the care he needs. I'm told that Pete is very happy with this arrangement too.
Karlton came to us from a local shelter. When Karlton's owner was notified that he was at the shelter, the owner said he would come and pick Karlton up, but he never did. That's when rescue stepped in to take him. We believe Karlton to be somewhere between 10-12 years old. He is blind in his right eye and his vision is impaired in his left eye. He will need to have eye drops put in his eyes for the rest of his life. He has some arthritis in his hind legs so he is on pain medication to keep him comfortable. Karlton is living with a wonderful foster mom who loves to dote on him. He is happy and doing well.
Sally Forth >
Sally Forth came from a local shelter at about 9 years of age. She had two bad knees and a terrible skin allergy problem. It has taken us many months to correct both of these problems but she is doing well now. She will always have some mobility issues and her allergies will always have to be monitored. Sally loves her foster home and is receiving much love and excellent care.
Jingles ^
Jingles came in to rescue from a local shelter where her original owners brought her because they did not want her any longer. They even tried to give her away to strangers but we stepped in and took her. This is the sweetest old girl and at 14 is still active, not on any medications, and enjoys life. She even tries to play with younger dogs but has found out she just can't keep up with them any longer. Jingles is very happy in her foster home.
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Sassy came into rescue and immediately needed surgery to remove a large amount of bladder stones and a cancerous tumor from her back. Thankfully, she bounced back and was just the happiest girl. She does, however, require a special diet now to keep the bladder stones from regrowing. Thankfully, she does like the food, which makes it easier to treat her. She is now listed as a permanent foster and will continue to stay in her foster home where she is receiving lots of love and good care.


Julianne came in to rescue as an owner turn in to a local shelter at the age of 12. She is a perky, happy girl but is now showing signs of diminished eyesight and hearing. She is now 13 and doing well for an older girl but has just been placed in the permanent foster program so that she will be able to stay in her current home and not be required to make another move at this point in her life. She still loves to play, balance things on her nose, and go for walks. Thanks to this program, she will be happy and safe.
Kopper is an older Golden who came into rescue after being found in a local shelter. She was not in very good shape. She was very underweight, had large mammary tumors, bad teeth and was quiet and shy. After gaining some weight and having her tumors removed Kopper was able to go to a foster home. While still quiet around people, she immediately attached herself to the other golden in the home. Everywhere he went, she went. She would let him approach all situations first and then follow his lead. She was even afraid of squeaky toys at first, but after watching him play with them for a few days, she joined in the fun! Now she is never without a toy!! We will never know how this pup wound up at a shelter in such bad shape, but we do know that she will have wonderful senior years.
Prescott (aka Lucky) is an 8-year old boy who had been quite neglected when he came into rescue. He had spent his entire life living outside (he had made a “home” for himself underneath the prior owner’s actual house), had huge calluses on his elbows from constantly lying on the hard ground/concrete, had very stiff back legs, very little hair due to an untreated thyroid condition, as well as an enormous mass on the side of his body. After immediate surgery to remove what turned out to be a 12-pound Squamous Cell Carcinoma (which required approximately 50 staples to close the incision!) and medication for both his thyroid and arthritis, he has bounced back beautifully and is the happiest, goofiest, most loving boy. He has impeccable house manners and loves playing tug-of-war with any one of his three Golden Retriever foster siblings. Since there is indication that his skin cancer will return, he has been given permanent foster status and is now living his life inside the house with a family who adores him.
Shasta Mist (aka Sky) is not your typical 13 year old. He is ready to get out the door for morning walks, acting more like an 8 year old prancing at a good pace. He does like to sleep the rest of the day, sometimes in the sun, and allowing Walter the cat to come and kiss his face and rub up against him. From the first day, he settled into his new foster home with wonderful house manners. However on walks he would jump and bark when there were other dogs around. Sky is proof you can teach an old dog new tricks. With the help of a trainer his foster family learned that he needed to be taught how to properly behave and introduce himself to the neighborhood. Now he walks up to people with their dogs calmly, politely. He has just started to show some signs of advancing age so we have started him on joint supplements and occasional anti-inflammatories. His foster family has agreed to keep him on a permanent basis so that his pearly white teeth will continue to be brushed everyday and so that he keeps moving with his daily walks/sprints.
Maestro came to us from an area shelter with his tail partially amputated and the bone protruding causing him to constantly attempt to chew his tail. He would go in circles trying to grab hold of the tail that was not there. We did not know if it was from the pain or anxiety of his circumstances. Once brought in, our vet amputated the remaining tail and the healing process began. This was such a long and painful healing, we kept Maestro at the hospital so he could be well monitored and given medication to help relieve his pain and anxiety. Maestro was almost impossible to walk on a leash, consistently going in circles. He displayed such reactiveness to the potential foster's female dogs that the foster Dad was a heartbeat away from refusing him. With the patience and dedication of our volunteers successfully introducing the dogs (slowly and one at at a time), the foster Dad agreed to take him home. Maestro continues his regimen of medication for his anxieties and the effects of his OCD have lessened in severity. There are still triggers as minuscule as a cat meowing that will still set Maestro to spinning in circles. While friendly and welcoming to most everyone, certain people and dogs will cause adverse reactions. Although we continued to look for the perfect, dog savvy adopter for Maestro, it became clear that his best match was to stay with his foster dad and canine foster sisters and brothers. He continues to romp, play and swim with the other dogs and even will allow other dogs to come into the home for fostering. Thanks to our permanent foster program, Maestro will not be misunderstood for his behavior and will stay safe and healthy.
Wilson started his rescue journey when a local shelter contacted us to help him. He had come into the shelter in very bad shape with deep wounds to one of his legs and an infection raging throughout his body. At our vet's office, he underwent intensive treatment for the infection and several surgeries to close up the wounds. He stayed at the vet's for ongoing treatment for three months because he was so sick; we nearly lost him several times. The wonderful veterinary staff made sure he was in a kennel where he could watch all the activity and our dedicated volunteers went and sat with him every day to let him know he was loved. Gradually, his condition improved and he was deemed stable enough to go to a foster home. Once in his foster home, he proved himself to be a dog with terrific house manners and a love for taking walks. His energy gradually returned, his appetite increased and, after some intensive grooming sessions, he was listed as available for adoption. The volunteers who knew of his condition while at the vet's did not recognize him when they saw him two months later: a handsome, healthy, energetic boy! We still can't believe he's 12, even though that's the age the shelter gave him. This resilient boy has one more challenge facing him, however. A recheck by the veterinarian revealed a suspicious mass in his mouth so surgery was scheduled. The biopsy came back as a malignant melanoma that was completely excised but, because of the cancer and his reported age, Wilson is now looking for a home as a permanent foster. This mellow, people-loving guy would be a wonderful addition to a home with people committed to the idea of rescue.