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PAWS DOG VOLUNTEER
CHANGE A LIFE

 

 

PAWS Dog Volunteers are one of the first steps in providing custom-trained Assistance Dogs to people living with disabilities. Without our volunteers, we couldn’t do it! You can be a PAWS Dog Volunteer by hosting a PAWS Mama or Papa Dog, or by raising a Future PAWS Assistance Dog.

 

Here are a few things a prospective PAWS Dog Volunteer should know:

  • We do not require dog training experience, just a willingness to learn


  • You’ll attend obedience classes taught by a PAWS Representative

  • You’ll need to expose your Foster Puppy to public environments 

  • We’ll provide a team of support for you and your PAWS Dog

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  • HOST A MAMA

    OR PAPA DOG


    Learn more about

    hosting a PAWS Dog
     

    LEARN MORE

  • RAISE A

    FOSTER PUPPY


    Learn more about

    raising a puppy
     

    LEARN MORE

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED

    QUESTIONS


    Read our FAQ about

    being a PAWS Dog Volunteer
     

    FAQ

  • HOME

    VISIT


    Work with PAWS to

    be a successful volunteer
     

    WHAT TO EXPECT

 
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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

 



  • MADELINE

    "Being a Foster Puppy Raiser has taught me a lot about life and myself. It has taught me to put the needs of others above my own."



  • DAVE

    "We risk breaking our hearts but always remember the purpose of why we do this, to help individuals to become independent and live their lives to the fullest."



  • KAY

    "It's always an incredible experience meeting a client and seeing first hand how a puppy I whelped has changed their lives."

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BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PAWS DOG VOLUNTEER


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 PAWS Dog Volunteer 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 Mama or Papa Dog, or a Foster Puppy.

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:

  • The nature and gravity of the offense or conduct
  • The time that has passed since the offense/conduct and/or the sentence
  • The nature of the volunteer position sought

  • 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 Volunteer is approved and a PAWS Dog is available, PAWS will contact you to make arrangements to place the dog in your home.

    Background Check Policy FAQ

    Fair Credit Reporting Act - Summary of Rights

    Background Screening Authorization Form

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    FOSTER PUPPY RAISER LOG-IN

     

    Foster Puppy Raisers Log-In

     

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