Thank you for your interest in the puppy raising program at Canine Companions for Independence! Without volunteer puppy raisers, Canine Companions could not provide highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities completely free of charge. The Southwest Region needs dedicated and loving caregivers for our Labrador and Golden Retriever puppies, and we encourage you to read the documents below to learn about the responsibilities and rewards of this volunteer opportunity. Read even more about the puppy raising program here. To request a puppy raiser application, fill out this online form or call (760) 901-4300.
General Information - Read about the responsibilities of volunteer puppy raisers.
Frequently Asked Questions - Can I raise puppies for Canine Companions if own pet dog(s)? Can puppies in program visit restaurants and other public places? Find out by reading this document.
Puppy Raiser News - Volunteer puppy raisers receive a newsletter that includes training tips, socialization advice and more.