Puppy Path

Would You Like to Get Involved?


We're always looking for more volunteers! We have several positions available, including puppy raising, puppy sitting and non-dog handling activities.

 

Puppy raisers

Qualified volunteer puppy raisers receive their charges when the pups are approximately 8 weeks old, and return them to our campuses between 13 and 18 months old.

 

Raisers are responsible for teaching the puppies good house manners and basic obedience, and most importantly, socializing them to the world.

 

No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser; we will help you through the process every step of the way.

 

It is a rewarding, emotional experience, and a commitment for which Guide Dogs is extremely grateful.

 

As a puppy raiser, not only will you discover the delight of a four-footed, wet-nosed companion, you will join a community of like-minded people all working toward improving the quality of life for people who are blind.

 

Puppy sitters

Puppy sitters are needed to care for guide dog puppies in training while their raiser is away. 

 

Families and individuals who would like to become puppy sitters must follow the same five step process that is outlined above.  Once official puppy sitter status has been granted, puppy sitters must attend a minimum of one training meeting a month when a guide dog puppy is not in the home.  If actively sitting for a puppy, a puppy sitter is required to take the puppy to all scheduled training meetings that occur during the stay.

 

Note:  All determinations regarding readiness to puppy sit and raise a guide dog puppy are at the discretion of GDB and the PGDR leader.

 

Non-dog handling activities

Volunteers may help with various committees, special projects, fundraising events, or community outreach activities. 

 

If you decide you're ready to get involved, please Contact Us.