Permanent Foster Program

GRRALL’s mission states: “Without regard to age, medical condition, or cost of care, GRRALL accepts Golden Retrievers and Golden-hearted mixes in need of rescue.” We take this to heart. Sometimes we rescue dogs whose medical needs are so great that adoption would be impossible or for whom another move from foster to a new home would be too difficult. These dogs are placed into our permanent foster program. This means that they stay with their loving foster family for the remainder of their lives, no matter how short or long, and GRRALL continues to provide medical care.

Our permanent fosters are all special dogs with special needs, and our fosters are special people. If you are interested in opening your home and heart to a permanent foster, please fill out a foster application.

Providing care to these wonderful dogs is worth every penny, but it is costly, especially for a non-profit like GRRALL. Your donations can help ensure that we can continue to care for these deserving dogs and others like them in the future.

Meet our other current Permanent Fosters:

Bailey – 12 years old – GRRALL #530 – Rescued May 2016

Bailey is a gorgeous golden girl who arrived in rough shape. She was emaciated and suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, which caused weight loss and vision loss. She also had an abdominal mass that required surgical removal. Her foster mom and our vet worked hard to get her healthy again and she is now happy and thriving under their care. If you would like to purchase from Bailey’s Cuddly Wish List or donate to help cover her medical costs please click here.

Dusty – 17 years old – GRRALL #533 – Rescued May 2016

Dusty was an owner surrender at age 13. His family was moving and was unable to take him with them. He is completely blind and suffered from recurring ear infections. Luckily, his lack of vision is not deterrent to enjoying every possible aspect of life. Dusty’s sense of smell is most definitely intact – he can smell a snack from a mile away and is always happy to offer his services in disposing of said snack. He is a sweet and gentle old man who is a joy to his foster family. If you would like to purchase from Dusty’s Cuddly Wish List or donate to help cover his medical costs please click here.


Captain – 7-years-old – GRRALL #0761 – Rescued June 2019

Captain was a shelter stray with open wounds on his head and leg, a grapefruit sized bladder stone, and some serious autoimmune issues that nearly cost him his life. Thankfully, the quick vet care he received once he came into rescue got him on the mend and doing much better. Unfortunately, this poor fella has had some further medical issues, including high blood pressure of unknown cause that caused a retina detachment and resulting blindness in one eye. He is heartworm positive and his autoimmune issues mean undergoing heartworm treatment is likely not safe for him. For these reasons, Captain has been welcomed into our permanent foster program. He is a sweet ol’ teddy bear of a boy and is so happy to have a warm bed and loving humans with whom he can spend the rest of his days.


Rosey – Female – 13-years old – GRRALL #0779 – Rescued December 2019

A special welcome to our new girl Rosey!! Rosey is a 13 year-old angel, rescued from a shelter, and despite her condition and circumstance she is beyond friendly, grateful, and joyous, and LOVES to give kisses. Several GRRALL volunteers visited Rosey in her post shelter isolation period at our vet and all immediately fell in love with our new girl. Rosey is a typical case of neglect. Heartworm positive, not spayed, arthritic, ear infections and hematoma, dirty, matted, and a bit deaf. Rosey is home now with GRRALL and will never suffer again. Spa treatments, good food, pain medicines, and loving visitors and Rosey is a new girl. Rosey has a wonderful foster home lined up, with a young man who can’t wait to meet her, and will decompress while we review her medical situation. Stay tuned for updates!


Desmond – Male – 1-year old – GRRALL #0782 – Rescued January 2020

Desmond was in desperate need but he hit the jackpot with GRRALL and our wonderful volunteers. Desmond is about one year old, a full Great Pyrenees, arrived heartworm positive (now treated), and has a large tumor on top of his head that has caused some deformity and issues with his eyes. The tumor is the type that will continue to grow for some time and may or may not cause him further issues down the road. It is not malignant, thankfully, but its location and type of tumor make it so that it would be far too risky to remove and may just grow back again in time anyway. Thankfully, it doesn’t really bother him much and he is a happy boy who adores snuggling with his foster family and using his cuteness to score treatos.