Fostering a Pyr

Save a Life

TGPR is a not-for-profit rescue group that is run by volunteers. We do not have a facility, all of our dogs are fostered in volunteers’ homes.

Some of our dogs have suffered from abuse and neglect, and they need to learn to trust humans again, and know that they are safe and loved.  Others are given up due to death, divorce, or financial concerns.

Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue will pay for all supplies and medical care the dogs need, including but not limited to neutering/spaying, routine shots, and other possible surgeries.


A Foster Volunteer’s responsibilities

A foster should evaluate the dog while in your care so we can determine the right placement for your foster dog. It will be necessary to expose the dog to a variety of situations (i.e., cats, children, strangers, other dogs, etc.). It won’t take you long to figure out how secure the dog is, if your dog is friendly, laid-back, active, good on walks, etc.

If you do decide to become a foster and you have other dogs in your home, please be certain that innoculations on your dogs are kept current.

  • Provide Food and Water
  • Provide Indoor Shelter
  • Provide Love and Socialization
  • Provide transport to adoption events
  • House training (if necessary)
  • Commitment to foster the dog until the dog is adopted

What We Do

Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue, founded in the 1990s, is a 501.c.3 not for profit volunteer run organization dedicated to the protection and rescue of Great Pyrenees in Texas and surrounding areas. Many of the Great Pyrenees TGPR rescues are abandoned and brought to shelters. Great Pyrenees, being the regal animals they are, do not thrive in a shelter environment. Most of the shelters in Texas will contact TGPR when they receive a Great Pyrenees as it is very difficult to adopt out large breed dogs. Additionally, if they are not in great shape, if their coat is matted and they are underweight and unhappy, they are not as appealing to potential adopters. TGPR gives these dogs time in a family environment to heal, both emotionally and physically, get the medical care they need, and get the basic training to help them become more adoptable. The before and after pictures of many of the rescues are amazing. In just a short amount of time, a neglected, thin, stringy-haired Pyrenees can become a confident, regal and beautiful dog.


TGPR will pay for all vetting for the animals that we rescue. This include not only vaccinations and spay/neuter, but whatever other medical needs may arise of illness, abuse, neglect or injury.
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TGPR foster volunteers will evaluate the temperament and needs of the their foster pyrs. This allows TGPR to find the best forever home for the dogs that we rescue.
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Home Training

Some Great Pyrs come into rescue completely house trained. Others will need to to be trained by our foster volunteers to behave properly when in their eventual forever home.
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Time to Heal

Many of our Great Pyrs come to us from shelters, some have been abused, starved, or injured. The time spent in foster care allows these dogs to heal, physically and emotionally.
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Getting Started

Once you have decided that you want to foster a Great Pyrenees, the first step is to fill out all of the paperwork. The Adoption Application also serves as a foster application, and tells us about who you are, what your expectations are, and how we can reach you. At any time during this process, please feel free to call and talk with one of our volunteers, who will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

After all of the paperwork is complete, one of our volunteers will contact you and arrange to do a home visit. This is done to make sure that your home is compatible with a Great Pyrenees. Once the home visit has been completed, the area coordinator will work with you to place a compatible Great Pyrenees into your care.