Becoming a foster home is a great way to help a horse in need.
At this time, all expenses of a fostered horse are the paid for by the foster home unless donations are specifically received for the fostered horse. A GSH foster horse is treated just like a GSH regular horse in that if we have the resources to meet their needs, we will. For example, if a fostered horse needs a blanket and we have one on hand in that horse's size, it will be sent to the foster but must be returned when the horse is adopted. If we fundraise for dewormers and purchase a bulk order, we will send dewormers. If a donation is received for the foster horse, the item will be purchased for the horse or funds to cover feed & farrier costs will be sent to the foster home upon submission of receipts. A fostered horse will be listed on the sponsorship page though a foster home can choose to be the full sponsor for the horse.
If you offer to foster a horse, be aware that we can not guarantee how long the horse will be with you unless specific arrangments are made at the time of foster. A fostered horse will remain in foster until the horse is adopted or a spot opens up in one of the main GSH locations. A horse may remain in foster for a few weeks or several months. There are things you can do to help place your foster horse faster. Taking regular pictures and sending in update stories (at least monthly), reporting on handling and training, and actively seeking out local potential adopters can help your foster horse find a home faster.
From time to time we may have need for short-term emergency fosters. In those situations we will communicate prior to acceptance of the horse our expected timeline.
"Failed fosters" are our favorite kind. Though we hate to loose a good foster home, we are always overjoyed when a GSH jorse finds their forever home. As a foster home, you are already an approved adopter. If you choose to adopt your foster horse, you will receive a $50 discount on their adoption fee. You simply need to inform us that you wish to adopt your fostered horse and fill out an adoption contract for that horse.
In accordance with the foster contract, the foster home must give GSH at least thirty (30) days notice if they wish a fostered equine to be removed from their property to allow for arrangements to be made for a new foster for the horse. Please give us as much notice as possible if you suspect your circumstances will change and you can no longer care for the fostered horse. All attempts will be made by GSH to move the horse to a new location quickly.