Join Our Puppy Raising Team 

As some of our most passionate and dedicated 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.  
  • No prior dog training experience is needed, as our regional Puppy Advisors will support each volunteer raiser through the pup's upbringing and training milestones.
  • We encourage raisers to provide common everyday socializing opportunities as well as exposure to new and diverse surroundings.  
  • They will also help teach the puppy basic obedience, such as how to walk on a leash, sit and stay, down, and to come when called.  
  • The Foundation covers the cost of all necessities for each pup, including veterinary care. The volunteer raiser is solely responsible for purchasing the pup's food.

We focus on positive socialization, basic obedience, and molding ideal house manners during the puppy phase. The pup should accompany the raiser regularly outside of the home as he or she matures and ventures out on public outings.  We also ask our raisers take their puppy to basic obedience classes. The classes allow the puppy to interact with other dogs and gives the puppy raiser the opportunity to talk to other puppy raisers.  

A well-socialized puppy will have fewer adjustments to make when it comes back to the Foundation for formal training.


When the dog is between 14 and 18 months of age, it returns to the Foundation to move ahead with its formal training and life-changing career as a guide or service dog. 

Once the dog is placed with its handler, the puppy raiser will be invited to attend a Foundation graduation ceremony where they can see first-hand the life-changing difference they made in someone's life.

Join our puppy raising team!

We will fully support anyone who is eager to take this on this role.  If you live in one of the regions listed below, please "Apply Now" so that we can begin welcoming you to our team! 

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Not sure you can be a full-time puppy raiser? CO-RAISING is another option. Click here to learn more.

Puppy Raisers Needed in Tennessee Area

We have an urgent need for volunteer puppy raisers in the Tennessee area. Do you, or someone you know have an interest in joining our puppy raiser community?  Learn More!

New England

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

Tri-State Area

  • New York: Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens
  • Pennsylvania: Eastern PA, Greater Scranton/Pocono/Wilkes-Barre

Mid-Atlantic Region

  • Northern Virginia
  • Washington, DC
  • Maryland (Including Univ. of Maryland)

South-East

  • Florida: Ocala, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clermont
  • Georgia (Including Univ. of Georgia)
  • North Carolina
  • Alabama (Including Auburn Univ.)
  • Mississippi (Including Mississippi State Univ.)

Mid-West

  • Ohio (Ohio State Univ.)

Weekend Puppy Raising (Prison Program)

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  • Connecticut: Somers and Suffield areas (Wait List)
  • Florida: Milton and Pensacola areas
  • Maine: Thomaston and Warren areas, Immediate need
  • Massachusetts: Shirley, Bridgewater, Norfolk, Framingham areas
  • Maryland: Cumberland, Hagerstown, and Jessup areas
  • Pennsylvania: Dallas area (Wait List)

Learn more about being a weekend prison puppy raiser for America's VetDogs.

If you are interested in joining an established puppy raiser group in any of these areas, please email Volunteer@GuideDog.org

To learn more about our breeding program, CLICK HERE.

Thank you!