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Puppy Host Family Program

About the Program

paws4people®️ foundation trains puppies to prepare them for their future roles as life-saving Assistance Dogs. One of the most important stages for our dogs is their Puppy Development.

You can become a valuable part of our process by joining our Puppy Host Family Program!

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What is the Commitment?

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What paws4people®️ will do:

What we ask Host Families to do:

Note: We welcome households with other pets! Other pets will be evaluated during the home visit.

Become a Puppy Host



Begin the application process by completing the form below.



Attend 3+ puppy outings to help gain experience handling a puppy in a public setting.



Complete 3+ volunteer shifts at our Puppy Development Center to gain experience on daily training and care for our puppies.



Complete a Puppy Host Orientation to prepare to have a puppy in your home. Orientations are held once per quarter.


Home Visit

A staff member will complete a home visit, & temperament test any other dog(s) in your home.



Host your first puppy!

How to Apply

Please contact us to receive more information about applying.

We are currently only accepting Puppy Host Families in Wilmington NC area.

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Puppy Host Inquiry