Foster PAALS

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
(Lewis Carroll)

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Title: Foster PAALS
Manages: One lovable puppy/dog in training for service work
Location: Your home
Salary: Unconditional canine love and the opportunity to change a life

The PAALS Foster position is extremely important to the PAALS program and its success. As a puppy or dog Foster, you establish the foundation of training and socialization critical to a service dog’s future success as a lifelong partner to someone in need.

There are three types of PAALS Fosters:

  • Home School Heroes raise a PAALS puppy full time for a minimum of four months
  • Weekend Fosters take a puppy/dog home on weekends and holidays. PAALS asks for a six month commitment
  • Pupsitters fill in for Weekend Fosters on weekends or holidays when the Weekend Foster is unable to take a dog

As a Home School Hero you will be in on the ground floor of socializing a new puppy and teaching basic obedience skills. This program is for those who can commit to their family being able to raise a puppy full time, seven days a week.

As a PAALS Weekend Foster you will help create a life changing canine while enjoying a puppy or dog every weekend. This is a perfect fit for working folks who love dogs, but don’t have time during the week to care for one.

Both programs are a great way to teach kids how to give back by nurturing a puppy or dog that will go on to care for someone who needs them most.

Please download and read the Home School Hero Job Description and/or the Weekend Foster Job Description (use the buttons on the right) before applying. Also please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

If you are ready to apply to become a PAALS Foster, click on the button to complete an online application. The same application form (with differing questions) is used for Home School Heroes, Weekend Fosters, and Pupsitters.

Apply to be a PAALS Foster

Weekend Foster: Elizabeth Chamblee
Videographer: Mac Renwick (Clemson student)



Home School Hero Job Description
Weekend Foster Job Description

Foster PAALS FAQ’s
Answers to the most common questions we are asked

Home School Heroes, Weekend Fosters and Pupsitters are required to attend the same initial training class and apply with the same application. Usually people decide to become a Weekend Foster or Pupsitter at the end of that training class.

Home School Heroes commit to a puppy living with them full time for a minimum of four months. Weekend Fosters are asked to commit to at least six consecutive months of taking a dog home every weekend and holiday. Pupsitters fill in when a Weekend Foster family can’t take a dog on a specific weekend because of illness, family vacation, etc. Pupsitters receive an email whenever there is a Weekend Foster opening for a weekend.

Home School Heroes are required to bring their puppy to group classes once a week for the first 6 weeks they have a puppy and then twice a month thereafter. Home School Heroes and Weekend Fosters are expected to attend at least two Friday evening training sessions and participate in two public outings with PAALS training staff each month. Pupsitters do not have these requirement, but are encouraged to attend training sessions when they can to continue to improve their skills.