A Breeding Host helps PAWS breed puppies that will become future Assistance Dogs. A Breeding Host volunteers to house, train and care for a PAWS Mama or Papa Dog and makes it available to PAWS during breeding times. A Breeding Host also assists with whelping and raising litters until they are about 8 weeks old. PAWS is available to help every step of the way.
Here’s a few things a prospective Breeding Host should know:
“I can't say how many hours we spend watching the puppies grow and hit milestones, but it never gets old! We often refer to it as 'the greatest show on earth' right in our living room.”
Joe and Amy, PAWS Breeding Dog Hosts
Host Families Must:
Host Families Must:
“Each dog is somebody else’s miracle you made happen.”
Chuck and Katie, PAWS Breeding Dog Hosts
Orientation is a great way to learn about the Breeding Host Program, talk to current Breeding Hosts and ask questions of PAWS staff members. Please RSVP.
PAWS Canine Development Facility
4646 South Division
Wayland MI 49348
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As you join PAWS on this journey, we want you to know we’re partnering with you from the beginning, every step of the way.
At the Breeding Host orientation or shortly afterwards, you’ll be contacted by PAWS to arrange a home visit. This is our opportunity to answer any additional questions you have and see the environment the dog will be living in. We’re checking to see that it’s a safe, pet-friendly environment. It also allows us to give advice about feeding, crating and letting the dog out as you prepare to host a PAWS Breeding Dog.
Please note: PAWS’ goal is to have a safe environment for our volunteers. In order to ensure that, PAWS conducts a criminal history background check for all prospective PAWS’ volunteers.
We retain the right to determine whether or not to engage a prospective volunteer who has a criminal history. When making a decision whether or not to allow service by a prospective volunteer with a criminal history, PAWS will consider:
Background checks may take up to two weeks to complete. You are NOT required to complete a background check in order to attend an orientation.
Once a Host is approved and a Breeding Dog is available, PAWS will contact you to make arrangements to place the dog in your home.