Puppy Raiser/Temp Home/Taxi Team Application

Yes! I want to become a part of the Guide Dog Foundation Puppy Program Team.  

This application is for anyone interested in becoming a:

Full-Time Puppy Raiser, Puppy Starter, a Temporary Home provider, a Home Socializer or a member of our Taxi team. 

Applicants must be 18 years or older, with no exceptions.

(Required fields are listed with a "*" next to them.)  All fields are required. Please be sure to type n/a or repeat your telephone number as needed. Please use a PC to complete this form. You will receive confirmation once received.

*Please select the Volunteer Role(s) that you are applying for below:

Each and every role listed below will make a difference and enables us to achieve our missions. Thank you!

Puppy Raiser - change a life by fostering one of our pups from 8 weeks old until 14 months old as your Puppy Advisor supports you all the way through (approx. 12 months)

Co-Raiser - you plan to share the role above with a friend or family member who is actively raising or is applying to co-raise with you (approx. 12 months)

  • Please state the name of your co-raiser: 

Puppy Starter - experience a snapshot of Puppy Raising by housing pups starting at 8 weeks old until they are assigned or transported to a Puppy Raiser shortly (approx. 2 weeks) *Long Island applicants only

Home Socialization - provide 6 week old pups with crucial socialization experiences in your home to prepare them for the next steps of their special journey (approx. 2 weeks) *Long Island applicants only

Temp Home - provide pups and dogs with a temporary home as we finalize next steps for their future.

Taxi - safely transporting pups, dogs, and team members either within Long Island or on out of state routes

*Prefix (ex. Mr., Mrs. Ms.)        
*First Name        
*Last Name   

*Email Address:   

Permanent Home/Family Address 
   *Address Line 1   
    Address Line 2  
   *City State Zip       

*Phone (Day)         *Best time to reach you   
*Phone (Night)      *Best time to reach you   

*Currently Attending College?   
*College Name (If not applicable, please enter N/A)  

(YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR SCHOOL NAME)

College/Temporary Address  (If not applicable, please enter N/A for all fields)
*Address Line 1   
*Address Line 2   
*City, State Zip        

*Do you have an active email address that you can check at least once every 24 hours?   

*Can you respond to communication via email and phone calls within 24 hours?   

*Can you easily access our online documents at puppyraising.guidedog.org?    

*Are you comfortable navigating our puppy raising website to find resources and puppy raising support?    

*Are you at least 18 years of age?   


*If children are less than 6 years old is there another adult over 18 years old to care for the puppy? (If not applicable, please enter N/A)   

*Are all members of the household interested in puppy raising and willing to comply with the procedures?   

*Which person will assume primary responsibility for the care of the puppy?   

*Who will be responsible for caring for the puppy if you are unavailable or busy? (Must be 18 years or older)   

*Hobbies or other commitments applicants are regularly involved with:   

*Hours per week:   

*Puppy with you?   

*What is your experience with dogs - obedience, handling, showing, fostering, etc.?   

Are you willing to do the following?

*Free running as advised?   

*Take puppy in car and on public transportation?   

*Attend Foundation run activities?   

*Socialize outside home at least 5 days per week?   


*Does the primary caretaker work full-time/part-time?   

*How many hours per week?   

*If yes, can you bring the puppy to work with you?   

*Other, Please explain (If not applicable, please enter N/A):   

 

*Is any family member allergic to dogs?   
*If yes, please specify. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)   

*Is any family member afraid of dogs?   
*If yes, please specify. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)   

*Have you raised a puppy in the past?   

Other Pets

*Do you currently have any pets at home?   
*If yes, what kind(s)? (If not applicable, please enter N/A)   

*If "yes" to cats, how does each cat react to dog(s) in the home? (If not applicable, please enter N/A) 
 

*Do you have a dog at home?   

*If "yes" to dogs, what are the ages, and are they male, female, neutered or spayed? (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*If "yes" to dogs, how does it react to strangers?  Please specify. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*If "yes" to dogs, how does it react to loud noises (such as firecrackers)?  Please specify. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*If "yes" to dogs, do your dogs bark when people ring the doorbell or knock on the door? (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*If "yes" to dogs, how does it react to thunder?  Please specify. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*If "yes" to dogs, how does it react to other animals?  Please specify. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*Is dog aggressive to dogs, cats, children or adults?  Please specify, growling, snapping, other. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*Is dog protective of its toys or food?  Please specify, guarding, growling, snapping, other. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 

*Is dog fearful of dogs, cats, children, or adults?  Please specify, avoiding, cowering, growling, snapping, other. (If not applicable, please enter N/A)
 


*Do you have a fenced-in yard?(a fenced-in yard is not mandatory)   

If yes, what height? (If not applicable, please enter N/A)   

*If yes, what kind of fence? (If not applicable, please enter N/A)   

*There will be a home visit to ensure your home is puppy-proof.  Are you comfortable with this?   

*Is your family willing to absorb the cost of feeding a guide dog puppy our specified diet (food cost is estimated at $60 per month - $20 per month for weekend raisers) including toys?   

*Comments/Notes (If not applicable, please enter N/A)


*Where did you hear about the program?   

Are you an active duty member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces? 

Is any other member of your household an active duty member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces? 

Thank you for applying.  Our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible!