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Foster Puppy Raisers

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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.

Please refer to PAWS website to complete an application and RSVP for the next Puppy Raiser Orientation Meeting.


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