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Foster – Application

Healing Paws for Warriors (HP4Ws) evaluates dogs from local shelters and rescue groups and carefully selects those that exhibit potential to be trained and do the work of a trained PTSD service dog.  However, it is nearly impossible to see all potential temperament problems in a shelter environment. An Emerald Coast foster home is the vital, bridging link for a rescued shelter dog between the dog’s previous existence and its new life with a veteran. By housing a rescued dog for a brief amount of time (usually no more than three weeks), the Foster Volunteer helps the Adoptions Manager evaluate whether the dog is a suitable candidate for service dog training, helps calm a stressed, anxious dog, and helps train household and public manners. NOTE: Healing Paws for Warriors is a Florida-based program. Foster Volunteers must live in Florida’s North Panhandle.

Still have questions? Check out our frequently-asked questions here.

Thank you for your interest in fostering a dog from Healing Paws for Warriors. Our foster program helps HP4Ws find the right dog for the right veteran. Please answer the following questions as completely as possible. 


Once completed we will review your application and contact you for further consideration.

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