Raise your paws - be a home for a mama dog

Be a home for a mama dog

A Mama Dog Home gives a PAWS Mama Dog a loving home, trains her, and cares for her and make her available to PAWS during breeding times. A Mama Dog Home also assists with whelping and raising litters until they are about 8 weeks old. The PAWS Family is available to help every step of the way. Here are a few things a prospective Mama Dog Home should know:

Requirements

  • Have a love for dogs and the desire to help people
  • Live in Michigan, within two hours of PAWS National Headquarters in Wayland, MI

Responsibilities

  • Love and care for your Mama Dog by providing her with a home and a loving family
  • Meet her daily exercise and nutrition needs
  • Attend monthly obedience classes at PAWS National Headquarters
  • Keep her vaccinations and heartworm medications up to date, all of which are provided by PAWS
  • Learn about and whelp litters of puppies
  • Provide her puppies with a safe, warm, and loving home until they are 8 weeks old

Step 1:
Learn More

Learn about being a PAWS Mama Dog home
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

Become a successful volunteer
WHAT TO EXPECT

PAWS MAMA DOG HOME ORIENTATION

Orientations are a great way to learn about being a home for a PAWS Mama Dog, talk to current PAWS Dog Volunteers, and ask questions of PAWS staff members. Prospective Homes need to attend one orientation session prior to applying to become a home to a PAWS Mama Dog. Please request an orientation!

PLEASE REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

Location

PAWS Canine Development Center – Multi Purpose Room
4646 South Division, Wayland MI 49348
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Request an orientation

Taylor Contreras
tcontreras@pawswithacause.org
616-877-7297

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 be home for 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 Dawn at dbohan@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

MAMA DOG HOME LOG-IN

Mama Dog Home Log-in