Thank you for your interest in applying to become a PAWS Foster Puppy Raiser! PAWS would not be able to fulfill our mission without dedicated volunteers.

A Foster Puppy Raiser helps a person living with a disability by raising a dog that will enhance their independence and quality of life. Foster Puppy Raisers volunteer to raise a PAWS Puppy for 12-14 months, until it’s old enough to begin formal Assistance Dog training. During that time, the puppy lives in a Raiser’s home while they teach basic obedience and expose the dog to public environments it may experience with a client.

To be eligible for consideration, you must fill out the Foster Puppy Raiser application below. We will contact you after your application is reviewed.

When you’re finished, click the ‘submit’ button to send your form to PAWS National Headquarters for review.

NOTE: Please allow yourself time to complete the form in its entirety, as it will not be saved.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thorington, PAWS National Foster Puppy Coordinator at 616-877-8297 ext 451.

Thank you for your support!

By submitting this form on PAWS’ website, you agree to the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy.

I am aware that I am applying to raise a future PAWS Working Dog, NOT to foster or adopt from a rescue or shelter *
By checking "Yes" you acknowledge that PAWS will run a criminal background check on everyone in the home over 18 years of age *

Household Members

Background Check

I understand that PAWS will run a background check on all members of your household 18 years of age and older. I understand that PAWS will review the nature and gravity of the offense, the time that has passed since the sentence was completed, and the nature of the volunteer opportunity being sought.

Pet Background

If yes, tell us about the dogs.


Are you able to commit at least one hour a day to the care and training of a puppy?

Foster Puppy Classes