Animals

Social Services: Individuals with Disabilities

Canine Companions for Independence Puppy Raiser

Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love. Please choose one date and a representative will contact you.
Mar 19, 2019  12:00AM
12 Hours
1 Shifts Available
Volunteers Who Stepped Up
  • Allison Natareno
  • Ethan Lilly
  • Gautham Vadde
  • Julia Kisor
  • Jumbok Abongwa
  • Rick Burgess
  • Robert Plunkett

More Details

Become a Volunteer Puppy Raiser

Assistance dogs aren't just born, they're raised. 

Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love. Puppy Raisers must commit to raising the puppy from 8 weeks old until approximately 18-20 months old.

Each hour spent caring for a Canine Companions puppy is vital to its development as a future assistance dog. The puppy raising program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to assist with our very important mission.

Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to be a volunteer puppy raiser. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian as a co-applicant on the puppy raiser application.

Raise a puppy, change a life.

    As a volunteer puppy raiser, you must agree to the following:
  • Provide a safe environment for a puppy who will be the only dog under 1-year old in the house
  • Work closely with Canine Companions monitoring the puppy’s progress and submit monthly reports
  • Attend Canine Companions approved obedience classes
  • Teach the puppy manners and basic commands
  • Provide financially for the puppy’s food, medical and transportation expenses
  • Feed the puppy a diet recommended by Canine Companions
  • Provide a kennel or crate for sleeping indoors
  • Provide the puppy with age-appropriate socialization opportunities such as public outings and medical appointments
  • Keep the puppy on a leash at all times unless in a securely fenced area
  • Supervise the young puppy throughout the day
  • Agree to return the puppy upon request

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