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Volunteer Puppy Raiser FAQs

Canine Companions has been providing service dogs to people with disabilities since 1975. You can help us unite people with trained service dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence. Every service dog starts as a puppy that needs a loving home. You can raise a dog and change a life. Volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives.

Volunteer puppy raisers provide Canine Companions puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

Check out our Puppy Raiser FAQs >>

Ways to Volunteer

Puppy Raiser

Get information on becoming a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions. Learn what is involved in teaching an adorable pup to be ready for training by our Canine Companions professional trainers. Learn more.

Breeder Caretakers

Canine Companions for Independence puppies are born into loving volunteer homes. Check out how you can become a volunteer caretaker for one of our wonderful male and female breeder dogs. Learn more.

Service Clubs

Want to get your service club involved in Canine Companions? Find out how your club can help provide exceptional assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Learn more. 

Local Volunteers

Looking for Canine Companions volunteers in your area? See where we have official chapters and volunteer groups around the nation. This also includes volunteering for events, like Dogfest! Learn more.

Aviation Partners

Share your wings with future service dogs! Volunteer pilots transport Canine Companions puppies across the country to their puppy raisers. We’re looking for more pilots to fly our important (and adorable) puppies. Learn more.

Junior Ambassador Committee

The Junior Ambassador Committee program is comprised of students and young professionals with a passion to make a difference in the disability community. Learn more. https://canine.org/get-involved/junior-ambassador-committee/

Apply to Volunteer
Volunteer in the North Central Region
(West of Pittsburgh, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

For more information — click here.

Click here to find and contact the regional training center nearest you.

Address: 84 W. Wheeling Street, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301

Phone Number: (724) 222-8530 x 248
Contact Name: Jason Johnson
Contact Phone Number: (724) 222-8530 x 248
Contact Email: jajohnson@citymission.org