Fostering: Rescue Needs You!

Volunteers are needed for everything we do—sheltering animals, arranging transport and facilitating adoptions. Fosters play an extremely important role in rescue because owner surrenders or dogs coming out of shelters need places to go. Many shelters are full, so rescue groups like National Pyr are needed more than ever to save lives. And we need more fosters—like you. To expedite the approval process, NGPR is now doing virtual home visits via smartphone and the approval to foster should come within a few days. If you completed a volunteer form before and were approved, then please email us to let us know of your current interest.

Some of the dogs needing fosters are featured on this page. You can view our list of adoptable dogs here as some of them may need foster homes as well. 

Fostering is the most critical need for all rescue groups. Our foster homes are an integral part of the adoption process, giving dogs loving temporary homes until a suitable forever home can be found. Spending time in a foster home will provide a smooth transition for a dog into their “forever home”. While the dog is with you, your input will help rescue volunteers find the best possible family match for the dog. Please read our Fostering Guidelines.

NGPR provides our fosters with flea/tick and heartworm medication every month. We will cover all approved drugs, medical expenditures and vet visits. This means we cover just about everything for foster dogs if the cost is approved in advance.  If you foster two or more dogs, we provide food. We will do our best to find the right dog for your situation with regard to kids, cats and other dogs. If the dog is not a good match, we will move the dog to another foster home. Some of the dogs who need immediate foster homes are listed daily on Facebook, so check in there for the latest dogs we are trying to help.

The most critical states where NGPR needs fosters are Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. If you are in another state, please contact the rescue for your state at or fill out the form and we will forward it to your closest Pyr rescue.

If you are interested in fostering, you should be able to answer yes to all the following:

  • Sturdy, visible, above-the-ground fencing, four foot minimum, five foot preferred

  • Pets are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations with dogs on year-round heartworm preventative. Your veterinary reference should be able to confirm the status of pets in your household

  • Any children living in the household are six years or older. Prior dog experience, large dog preferred

  • For renters, permission of the landlord is required

Please note that Great Pyrenees can exhibit same sex aggression. It is more likely that two males can cohabitate than two females. This tendency makes us extremely reluctant to place a female Pyr in a household where there are other female dogs. Same sex aggression issues do not only affect Pyrs. You can read more about this here.

Fostering has added benefits for dog owners. Volunteers are alerted to training classes given through the country’s leading animal welfare organizations and our own trainers/behavioralists are available for consults. Fostering through NGPR can help you tune in to the unique behavioral characteristics and nuances of the breed that makes you a better dog owner in general. Please complete our online volunteer application so we can contact you. Completion of the application form and process is required of all new fosters. If you are an approved adopter from NGPR or one of our affiliated rescues, please include the name of the group and dog on the volunteer application so we can expedite your application.