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.
Complete the puppy raiser application!
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.
Canine Companions also has puppy raising programs in place at various prison facilities across the country.
Raise a puppy, change a life.
- 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.