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RAISE A PUPPY
CHANGE A LIFE

 

 

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 14-18 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. Here’s a few things a prospective Raiser should know:


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


  • You must be committed to teaching basic obedience and attending obedience classes 


  • You’ll need to expose your Foster Puppy to public environments at least twice a week 


  • We’ll provide you with a team of support to raise the best dog possible for a client

  • Must live in the areas of: Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw, Southwest or Southeast Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; or Tallahassee, FL.

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  • STEP 1:

    LEARN MORE


    Learn about being a

    PAWS Dog Volunteer
     

    LEARN MORE

  • STEP 2:

    APPLY


    Complete application

    for consideration
     

    APPLY

  • STEP 3:

    ORIENTATION


    Talk to PAWS Staff and

    current PAWS Dog Volunteers
     

    SEE DATES

  • STEP 4:

    HOME VISIT


    Work with PAWS to

    become a successful Volunteer
     

    WHAT TO EXPECT

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FOSTER PUPPY RAISER ORIENTATION

 

Orientations are a great way to learn about the Foster Puppy Program, talk to current Raisers and ask questions of PAWS staff members. Prospective Raisers need to attend one orientation session prior to applying to become a Foster Puppy Raiser. Please RSVP.

           UPCOMING ORIENTATIONS

Southwest Michigan

 February 6th at 6 PM

March 13th at 6 PM                                                

April 11th at 6 PM

May 9th at 6 PM 

Location

PAWS Canine Development Center
4646 South Division, Wayland MI 49348
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RSVP

Julie Thorington
jthorington@pawswithacause.org
800-253-7297

Southeast Michigan

February 9th at 6 PM - Wayne County Community College

February 21st at 6 PM - SE MI Regional Office

 

Location

PAWS Regional Office
1328 Wheaton, Troy MI 48083

Wayne County Community College
Western Campus
Multi Purpose Room
9555 Haggerty Rd., Belleville MI 48111

RSVP

Linda French
lfrench@pawswithacause.org

 

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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 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 Julie at jthorington@pawswithacause.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.

    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

     

    February 4th, 6:00 PM - Wayne County Community College

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