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 12-18 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 are a few things a prospective Raiser should know:
- Have a love for dogs and the desire to help people
- Live in or around one of these locations:
- West Michigan
- Southeast MI
- Lansing, MI
- Ludington, MI
- Saginaw, MI
- Phoenix, AZ
- Chicago, IL
- Love and care for your PAWS Puppy
- Provide your Foster Puppy with a safe home and a loving family for 12-18 months
- Meet the puppy’s daily exercise and nutrition needs
- Attend weekly training classes at your local PAWS Puppy Club led by a PAWS Field Representative
- Work on training and basic commands at home
- Keep the puppy’s vaccinations and heartworm medications up to date
Become a PAWS Foster Puppy raiser in three easy steps
FOSTER PUPPY RAISER INFO SESSION
This is a great way to learn about the Foster Puppy Program! During your information session, you will have the opportunity to talk to and ask questions of PAWS staff members. Prospective Foster Puppy Raisers must complete the online application prior to attending a virtual info session. Please RSVP.
UPCOMING INFO SESSIONS
Please complete the application and the PAWS Representative in your area will be in touch with upcoming virtual orientation dates and times. Please let us know if there are days and times that would work better for you. We are also currently only placing puppies in select areas.
PAWS Canine Development Center
4646 Division, Wayland MI 49348
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616-877-7297 Ext. 451
By appointment only
By Appointment only
PAWS is currently holding virtual orientations and home visits. Please complete the application and the PAWS Representative in your area will be in touch with information about upcoming orientation dates and times. We are also currently only placing puppies in select areas.
PAWS SE MI Regional Office
3208 Crooks Road, Royal Oak
Wayne County Community College
9555 Haggerty Rd., Belleville, MI 48111
Village Oaks Elementary
23333 Willowbrook Dr, Novi, MI 48375
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 information session or shortly afterward, 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 be home for a Foster Puppy.
Please note: PAWS’ goal is to have a safe environment for our puppies. 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 send your Background Screening Authorization form via email to Julie 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.