The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated ~ Mahatma Gandhi
There is no higher calling than when a person selflessly gives his or her own knowledge, skills, time, love or resources to help a worthy cause.
“I volunteer with GAR because I want to change things! I want to make sure that all animals are safe and loved! I want to show the people around me, especially the young ones, that pets are family and letting them go has a lot of consequences! People can only understand this when they meet an unwanted animal and see the difference that a loving and caring environment can make! Fostering with GAR has been one of the best things that I have ever done in my life!”
“To be involved with GAR is heart-warming, inspirational and rewarding.
To save an animal from death, to foster it, then see it go to a fantastic family brings tears to your eyes every time”.
“I have met many like minded people within GAR and am honoured to be part of such an incredible team. GAR is very professional and I am constantly humbled by the selfless generosity of GAR members, GAR sponsors and the wider public. The actual real-life difference we collectively make still gives me goose bumps.”
Our rescue mission would simply not exist without our amazing team of foster carers.
What you need to be a foster carer:
- A love of animals
- PATIENCE. A lot of the animals that arrive to GAR have come from lives of neglect. They require love and patience to ensure they feel safe and part of a family unit. This is the most important aspect of the foster carer role
- A genuine commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for their foster animal
- Secure and safe fencing
- You must live in Geelong and have drivers licence: you will have to travel to the vets and our food depot
- A willingness to provide basic training for your foster animal such as housetraining, walking on lead, socialisation
- All foster animals must be allowed to live as part of the family i.e. inside the home
- A Facebook account – our foster carer network communicate via a foster carer group on facebook
- If you have pets already, your pets must be de-sexed and up to date with their vaccinations.
- You are saving an animal’s life.
- You increase the chances of that animal finding a happy home.
- Animals that are fostered versus left in the pound are less stressed and better balanced.
- It can increase your own animal’s social skills and keep them company.
- The great feeling that comes from doing a good deed.
- You might end up with a new family member, if you decide.
- It’s a way to volunteer and help from within your own home.
Foster Carers are our most important resource and we are always looking for families, couples or individuals who would like to assist us by becoming involved in our foster care program.
GAR will cover the cost of any medical treatment required to the foster animal whilst that animal is in care.
We are available 24/7 to assist you with any questions and to offer support should you require it.
We also have professional trainers and behaviorists available to assist should the need arise.
GAR endeavors to match each animal with a like-minded foster carerer.