Guide Dog Foundation

Our Programs

Raise a Puppy

As some of our most passionate volunteers, puppy raisers provide the loving homes that care for our Foundation puppies until the dogs are old enough to enter our certified 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 dog returns 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.  


Puppy in harness


Full-time puppy raisers are needed in the following areas:

Tri-State Area
  • New York- Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens
  • Pennsylvania- Eastern PA, Greater Scranton/Pocono/Wilkes-Barre and Greater Philadelphia

  • Florida- Ocala, St. Petersburg, Tampa
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina- Clemson
  • Alabama- Auburn University

  • Northern Virginia
  • Washington, DC
  • Maryland
  • Delaware

    New England
  • New Hampshire- Manchester Area 
  • Massachusetts 

    Part-time, weekend raisers are needed in the following areas:
  • Massachusetts- Framingham, Norfolk and Bridgewater areas
  • Maryland- Westover, Cumberland and Hagerstown areas

    If you are interested in joining an established puppy raiser group in any of the above areas, please email: or call the Puppy Department at 631-930-9060 or toll-free 866-282-8046. Thank you!

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