Fostering hope for Golden Retrievers (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

"We're all doing this at our own expense and from our own homes," said Evanchyk. "I've never met a more nice, caring group of people."

The length of time a foster family devotes varies, Evanchyk said. It can be as short as 24-hours or as long at 18 months. How long you'd like to make yourself available is up to you.

"We can work with other fosters to provide temporary placement," Evanchyk said. "We just try to place them wherever we have to."

"It's amazing to see when we get the call and everybody goes into action," Steinmentz added.

Evanchyk has volunteered with ECGRR since 2002 when she became a foster parent to six-year-old Faith. The Freeport resident now currently serves on the organization's board as well as volunteering through website assistance and foster coordination.

Faith was an outdoor dog and surrendered by her previous family.

"She had bad allergies, calluses on her rump, her eyes were infected and swollen," Evanchyk remembers. "She was in bad shape."

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