If you are interested in volunteering to help DFA, here are some
basic categories for you to consider:
Some client families do raise their own service dog candidates from puppies. But some
cannot. In order to provide service dogs to those families, DFA has to have volunteers
who are willing to raise a puppy for approximately its first year. Raisers keep the puppies
in their homes, working with DFA around the home. Over time, the puppies begin going
to many public places, and sometimes even to work with the volunteers.
One of the most important criteria for a foster is that the puppy not be left alone for the
entire working day. Unless a raiser is an extremely experienced dog person, most folks
will find the demands and problems from that arrangement nearly insurmountable.
We also strongly prefer foster homes with fenced yards. Puppies in training are very
energetic and require a great deal of exercise and free time.
Fosters are asked to provide a program-approved food for the puppy, also any toys,
bedding, or incidentals needed. DFA provides all training equipment, a crate, and all
expenses for medical care.
If you are interested in applying to raise a puppy for DFA, you should start with the online
application at this link: Application for Volunteer Puppy Raiser.
Some people who are interested in helping with dog foster care cannot commit to a year's time. If you would be interested in providing shorter term care (such as during a
vacation or illness of one of our regular foster families), you would also need to fill out the general application for puppy raisers (Application for Volunteer Puppy Raisers). In
the section requesting any additional comments or information, please indicate under what circumstances and for how long at a time you might be willing to keep a trainee in
DFA holds several large fundraising events each year which require large numbers of people volunteering their time & legwork. If you are interested in helping with one of the
fundraisers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DFA office.
Practical Help with Projects
DFA has an almost endless need for help with it's building and grounds. If you would like to participate in a workday, and/or donate some time to help with maintenance, yard
work, landscaping, errands, construction, or repair, please email email@example.com
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