Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

In your home Friday-SundayPLEASE provide your contact phone numberin response to volunteer opportunity.Cumberland, MD 21502


About

We are looking for special families to open their hearts and homes and join our family of weekend puppy raisers.

The Guide Dog Foundation, its sister organization America's VetDogs, and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services have partnered for an exciting program that will help provide assistance dogs for people with disabilities and allow inmates to give back to society.

"Weekenders" host an assistance dog puppy-in-training from Friday evening through Sunday in their own home, providing vital socialization experiences for these puppies that they can't get in prison such as going to the mall or restaurants, attending sporting events, traveling by car or public transportation. The pups become members of the family and part of the family’s lifestyle each weekend. The dog you help raise may provide a new sense of freedom and enhanced mobility for a person with a disability - life with an assistance dog means they can do what they want, when they want.

Guide Dog Foundation-bred puppies are currently placed at Western Correctional Institution (WCI)-Cumberland, MD and correctional facilities in Westover and Hagerstown, MD, where they live with inmates during the week and receive intensive training targeted for these puppies to become service dogs for wounded veterans, or for others with disabilities.

Skills

Good Match For

Kids Teens

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Friday - Sunday
  • You will have the support of our dog trainer
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