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:
We do not require dog training experience, just a willingness to learn
You need to live in Michigan, within two hours of PAWS National Headquarters in Wayland, MI
You’ll have to attend monthly obedience classes at PAWS National Headquarters
You must follow veterinary guidelines set by PAWS
We’ll provide you with a team of support for hosting a Mama or Papa Dog
Orientations are a great way to learn about the Breeding Host Program, talk to current Breeding Hosts and ask questions of PAWS staff members. Prospective Homes need to attend one orientation session prior to applying to become a Breeding Host Home. Please RSVP.
PAWS Canine Development Center
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 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:
Background checks may take up to two weeks to complete and must be completed by everyone that is 18 years or older living in the household. You are NOT required to complete a background check in order to attend an orientation.
Please bring your Background Screening Authorization form to orientation or send it via email to Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.