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ATTENTION: We can only help Danes if we have foster homes available when surrenders come in. If you want to help out, please, please fill out a foster application today! Open your heart and home to a Dane in need.

Fostering is the ultimate commitment. When you foster with FFGDR, you’re opening your home, and your heart, to a dog that might need training, medical care, love, or just simply a quick layover to finding their forever family.

Our foster program provides surrendered dogs with a loving home that can tend to their medical needs while evaluating their temperament and behaviors. This allows us to make knowledgeable matches with adopters based on each dog’s specific needs.

The length of time a dog is in foster care varies based on the dog’s medical and behavioral needs. A foster home must be able to make the commitment to see each of their foster dogs through their care regardless of the length of time in which we get to make an impact in their lives.

Fostering is not a “fast track” to adoption. If you foster a dog with the intention of bypassing our standard adoption process, you will find that this is not permissible. Foster homes must go through the same process and meet the same criteria as our adopters.


  • Daily care of the foster Great Dane (exercise, medicating, feeding, grooming, basic obedience commands).
  • A fenced yard is preferred, but not necessary.
  • Being employed full-time or part-time still provides a quality environment for the dog.
  • We cover all medical costs – things like toys and quality food are your responsibility.
  • Be prepared to reinforce basic obedience commands (sit, stay, no jumping, potty training, and basic canine socialization).
  • You’ll become attached – but know that your foster dog’s next home will love them just as much as you; forever.


To volunteer with FFGDR, please complete the following Volunteer Application Web Form. You cannot save your work and come back later, so you must have all information ready or available while submitting your application. Please review the questions and requirements prior to completing the web form. Once you have completed all pages of the web form, click Submit Application.

Or, click HERE to complete the application, save it with a meaningful name (for example: Foster Application – John Doe), and then email it to


About You

Your Name:*
Home Phone:*
Cell Phone:*
Zip Code:*

Personal References

Please list two personal references that 1) do not live in the same home with you, 2) are not a family member, 3) are not your veterinarian, and 4) do not work at or for your current veterinary clinic.

Personal Reference #1 Name:*
Reference #1 Email:*
Reference #1 Phone:*
Reference #1 Relationship to You:*
Personal Reference #2 Name:*
Reference #2 Email:*
Reference #2 Phone:*
Reference #2 Relationship to You:*

Veterinary Reference

Clinic/Vet Reference Name:*
Clinic/Vet Email:*
Clinic/Vet Phone:*
Clinic/Vet Address:*
Clinic/Vet City:*
Clinic/Vet State:*
Clinic/Vet Zip Code:*


Do children live in the home full- or part-time?*

Please list the name(s) and age(s) of each child living in the home full- or part-time:

Child 1 Name:
Child 2 Name:
Child 3 Name:
Child 4 Name:
Child 5 Name:
Child 6 Name:
Child 1 Age:
Child 2 Age:
Child 3 Age:
Child 4 Age:
Child 5 Age:
Child 6 Age:

Please list any other children that regularly visit (grandchildren, nieces, kids you babysit, etc.), their ages, and how often they visit:

Property & Insurance

Do you rent or own your home?*
Type of property:*
Is your back yard completely fenced in?*
What is the height of the fence?*
Please describe the material and style of your fence (ex: vinyl, shadowbox)
Do you have any of the following?*
Do you have a pool?*
Type of Pool:
Please list the adults living in the home and who they are:*
Do you maintain auto insurance?*
Auto Insurance Company's Name:
Do you carry Homeowners insurance?*
Homeowners Insurance Company's Name:
Are you aware of any restrictions from you landlord or subdivision pertaining to animals living in your home, such as the following? (Please check all that apply.)*
Explain landlord/subdivision restrictions if "Other":
If you rent and want to foster, do you have the permission of your landlord to have large dogs?*
Landlord's Name:
Landlord's Phone:
Do you belong to a homeowner's association and if so, are you aware of any bylaws, policies, or regulations that relate to owning a pet? If so, please explain:*
Do you work outside the home?*
Approximately how many hours will the dog be left alone while you are at work:*
Is someone home during the day?*
Is someone home during the night?*
How long will the dog be left alone in the home and how often does this occur?*


Please list all dogs and cats that currently live in the household:

Pet 1 Name:
Pet 1 Breed:
Pet 1 Gender:
Pet 1 Spayed/Neutered:
Pet 1 Vaccinations Current?
Pet 1 - Describe Personality:
Pet 2 Name:
Pet 2 Breed:
Pet 2 Gender:
Pet 2 Spayed/Neutered:
Pet 2 Vaccinations Current?
Pet 2 - Describe Personality:
Pet 3 Name:
Pet 3 Breed:
Pet 3 Gender:
Pet 3 Spayed/Neutered:
Pet 3 Vaccinations Current?
Pet 3 - Describe Personality:

Pet 4 Name:
Pet 4 Breed:
Pet 4 Gender:
Pet 4 Spayed/Neutered:
Pet 4 Vaccinations Current?
Pet 4 - Describe Personality:
Do any of your current pets live mostly outside?
Pet 5 Name:
Pet 5 Breed:
Pet 5 Gender:
Pet 5 Spayed/Neutered:
Pet 5 Vaccinations Current?
Pet 5 - Describe Personality:
Pet 6 Name:
Pet 6 Breed:
Pet 6 Gender:
Pet 6 Spayed/Neutered:
Pet 6 Vaccinations Current?
Pet 6 - Describe Personality:

Interests & Experience

This application is specifically for FOSTERING. If you are interested in becoming a general volunteer, please visit the general volunteer application on our website. If in addition to fostering, you are interested in helping in other areas as well, please select from the following areas of volunteering.

What areas of volunteering are you interested in?*
Explain other interest in volunteering: (e.g. web design, marketing, grant writing, etc.)
What are your reasons for wanting to volunteer?*
How did you hear about FFGDR?*
Do you have experience with giant breeds? Please explain.*
Please tell us about the pets you have now (breed, age, gender, spayed, neutered, personality):
In the last 5 years, have you rehomed a pet?*
If yes, please explain the circumstances:
In the last 5 years, have you lost a pet?*
If yes, please explain what happened:
In the last 5 years, have you had to euthanize a pet?*
If yes, please explain the situation:


By checking the Medical Release box and signing below, I certify that the information I am providing is true and correct.  Additionally, I agree to call my veterinary clinic and give permission for the release of my pet's medical records to a representative of Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc.  

By checking the Liability Release & Waiver, I, the undersigned, understand that Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc. does not carry liability insurance for my home or vehicle, and I agree not to hold Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc. liable for any damage caused by myself or other, the animal, to or by my vehicle while I am caring for an animal for Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc. or serving as a volunteer. I also agree to carry liability insurance on my automobile. I understand that I am a volunteer and not an employee of Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc. I realize that this/these dogs have not been totally evaluated as to temperament and relieve Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc. of any and all liability.

Should any part of this Agreement be rendered or declared invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction of the State of Illinois or the State of Indiana, such invalidation of such part or portion of this Agreement should not invalidate the remaining portions thereof, and they shall remain in full force or effect.

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