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.
Canine Companions also has puppy raising programs in place at various prison facilities across the country.
Contact your regional center to learn more about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser or request an application.
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.