Puppy Raising in the Southwest Region

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.

Click here to find out more about puppy raising and to request an application.

Information for current puppy raisers:

For the most up-to-date puppy class schedule in San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Orange County and Riverside County please refer to the Google Calendar below


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Canine Companions for Independence

The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus
124 Rancho del Oro Drive
Oceanside, CA 92057
(760) 901-4300 Voice
(760) 901-4350 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

Contact Us

Apply to volunteer in the Southwest Region.