A breeder caretaker family with a new litter.Individuals or families care for an adult breeder dog in their home. They provide a safe and loving home where the dog will maintain housebreaking, obedience, excellent house manners, and maintain the dog in proper body condition. Veterinary care is provided by the Foundation, and caretakers are responsible for the cost of food, treats, bedding and any other creature comforts. To learn more about our breeding program, CLICK HERE.

Hours of Volunteering:  Varies. Breeding dogs are required to attend mandatory health clinics.  Caretakers must attend regular obedience classes with the dog throughout the dog’s active breeding career. Females may be in the program 6-7 years and males may be in the program for 10 years or more. 

Requirements:  All those interested in becoming a breeder caretaker MUST have a securely fenced yard with at least a 5 foot high fence. There are occasional MANDATORY attendance at health clinics and regular obedience classes. All those interested must fill out a breeder caretaker application, have an in-person interview with the Breeding Program staff, and have a home check by a representative of the Foundation.

Questions? Contact: Theresa Manzolillo, Breeding Program Manager, at 631-930-9066, or Kara Hickey, Breeding Technician, at 631-930-9000 ext. 1269 for further information.

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