Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Canine Companions for Independence. The Northwest Regional Center is located in Santa Rosa, California, and utilizes hundreds of volunteers.


Volunteer orientations take place at 4:00 pm at the Canine Companions Jean & Charles Schulz campus.
Upcoming dates:  

  • January 28, 2015
  • April 1, 2015
  • June 3, 2015
  • August 5, 2015
  • October 7, 2015
  • December 2, 2015

Directions to Schulz Campus

If you are interested in volunteering, please join us an one-hour volunteer orientation to discover our many volunteer opportunities.

Most volunteer opportunities on campus take place during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

If you are a youth looking for community service hours please contact Erin Barnett at

If you are interested in volunteering at the Schulz Campus, becoming a puppy raiser, breeder caretaker or foster sitter, please complete our Volunteer Interest Form. For descriptions of volunteer jobs please see the list below. Once you have submitted the form, you will be contacted about attending a volunteer orientation.


If you are located in the following areas please contact your local chapter about volunteer opportunities in your area.

Cascade Chapter - Oregon and southern Washington

East Bay Miracles - San Francisco East Bay

Gold Rush - Sacramento area and greater Reno

Puget Sound - Washington

South Bay - San Francisco South Bay

CCIdaho - Idaho

Wine Country - San Francisco North Bay


Campus Docents – Train to become a docent of the Schulz Campus by learning the history and programs of Canine Companions to guide campus tours.

Data Entry – Help our National Data Entry Team by entering data into our database.

Dog Bathers – Train to bathe our dogs in our professional grooming facility during a 2-hour shift. Currently need substitute dog bathers. 

Dog Walkers – Train to walk our dogs around our beautiful 12-acre campus for a 2-hour shift. Currently need substitute dog walkers. 

Event Support – Have fun and help raise money and awareness to support Canine Companions. A variety of positions available.

Facility & Grounds Maintenance – Canine Companions needs help up-keeping its beautiful 12-acre campus. Enjoy building, cleaning, organizing and repairing? This is the job for you!

Front Desk Reception – Train to answer the main Canine Companions phone line and transfer calls. Greet guests as they walk through the front door.

General Office Support – Work with our dedicated staff in a professional yet casual environment. Fold important documents, stuff envelopes, prepare packets and packages, help with mailings, filing, making copies and shredding files. Weekdays only.

Graduation Support – Help with Canine Companions graduations by setting up and breaking down. Four times per year on Fridays.

Puppy Raiser – Assistance dogs aren’t born, they’re raised. Raise a puppy for Canine Companions. If you are ready for a challenging, yet rewarding experience, consider raising a puppy.

Foster Sitter – Would you like to care for a Canine Companions puppy in program while it’s waiting for its puppy raiser? This could range from one day to two weeks.

Breeder Caretaker – We need dedicated volunteers to take care of our breeder dogs and bring them to Canine Companions for their “dates.” Breeder caretakers of female breeders will whelp the puppies in their home and care for them for eight weeks. Consider becoming a breeder caretaker.


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