Raise a Puppy
As some of our most passionate volunteers, puppy raiser families provide the loving homes that care for our Foundation puppies until the dogs are old enough to enter our training programs. Puppy raisers take home a 7-week-old puppy and care for it until it is between 14 and 18 months old. They housebreak the puppy, socialize it in different environments, teach it good house manners, and provide it with the loving attention it needs. When the dog is about a year old, the family returns the dog to the Foundation so it can move ahead with its new life changing career as a guide or service dog for someone with disabilities.
How do I become a puppy raiser?
Prospective puppy raisers are interviewed by a Puppy Department staff member. Once accepted, orientation, training manuals, videos, classes, and staff assistance are provided.
Get started now! To fill out our online application, click here.
We need full-time puppy raisers in these areas:
If you are interested in joining an established puppy raiser group in your area please call the Puppy Department at 631-930-9060 or toll-free 866-282-8046.
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