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.

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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Volunteer Puppy Raiser FAQs

Canine Companions for Independence® has been providing assistance dogs to people with disabilities since 1975. You can help us unite people with trained assistance dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence. Every assistance dog starts as a puppy that needs a loving home. You can raise a dog and change a life. Volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives.

Volunteer puppy raisers provide Canine Companions puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

Check out our Puppy Raiser FAQs >>