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.  
  • Puppy raisers play a vital role in the development of these future assistance dogs when taking home an 8-week old pup; and spend the next year caring for, teaching, and socializing them until they are between 14 and 18 months old.
  • 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.  

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

  • We focus on positive socialization, basic obedience, and molding ideal house manners during the puppy phase. 
  • The pup will 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.  
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.

New England

  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts

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


  • Florida: Ocala, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clermont
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Alabama: Auburn University

Weekend Puppy Raising (Prison Program)

Guide Dog Curriculum
Service Dog Curriculum
  • Connecticut: Somers and Hartford areas 
  • Florida: Milton and Pensacola areas
  • Massachusetts: Shirley area
  • Maryland: Westover, Cumberland, Hagerstown areas
  • Pennsylvania: Dallas area

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

To learn more about our breeding program, CLICK HERE.

Thank you!