Raise a Puppy for a Military Veteran's Service Dog-in-training

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All American Assistance Dogs

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Cami, now an AAADogs Service Dog
This is Cami, who was raised in a foster home for 7 months before graduating to living with her veteran. Our puppies are typically laboradors and are of sweet temperment.

We need your help to volunteer to raise a puppy for 6-8 months that will then become a service dog for a veteran with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or similar injuries.

We provide the dog, the food, dog bed, leash, medical care, etc. We need your help-your time and home to raise the dog and reinforce training and new skills the puppy will learn weekly. WE WILL NEED MULTIPLE HOMES TO START RAISING A PUPPY. Depending on your schedule and our needs, you can start raising a puppy in potentially the next two months, or not start for eight months.

Please read the section of our website www.aaadogs.org under volunteering on raising a puppy for a veteran. When you respond, please provide your phone number as a phone interview will be the first step. See more information below.

What makes a great puppy raiser?

A home where dogs are welcome. 55+? - That’s fine. Stay at home parent or someone that works from home, FANTASTIC

  • A puppy raiser that has a dog or has had dogs previously. Cats or other house pets OK too. Kids are OK too.
  • Where the family is comfortable raising a well-trained dog.
  • The dog would not be left alone more than 3 or so hours a day. Like any young puppy or child, they need alot of supervision and interaction to grow and thrive.
  • The puppy raisers will be very affectionate to the puppy-50% of raising a great service dog is lots of love and affection while a young puppy.
  • The puppy raisers would be comfortable taking the puppy out socially-to the park, taking walks, to the community center, farmers market, etc. so that the puppy is exposed to as many different settings and people as possible by the time the puppy is 4 months old (this is the other 50% factor in raising a great service dog).
  • Is comfortable having the paired veteran and his/her family visit the puppy several hours one day a week in your home to ensure that the puppy and the veteran bond. What is great about these visits is that the vet begins to bond with their dog, and their dog with them. For the puppy raisers, they will be able to see that there is a real benefit to the veteran as they will seem calmer and happier, week to week. The puppy raisers gets to have the joy of helping someone and seeing that help make a difference.
  • AAADogs provides guidance, training and assistance to enable you to feel comfortable with raising the puppy and answering all of your questions. The trainer will visit you and the puppy most weeks to make sure all your questions or problems are addressed. She is also available whenever you have questions.


More information on our website www.aaadogs.org under the section for volunteering. Email us at info@aaadogs.org or call 206-601-3254 for further information. An application is available on our website, www.aaadogs.org under the volunteer tab, and "volunteer to raise a puppy"--please complete and email to us. If you are considering this opportunity but won't be able to start for a few months, please send in your application anyway so we can begin to answer your questions, do our home interview, etc. in anticipation of your availability or our needs. Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity and we look forward to meeting you.

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About All American Assistance Dogs


P.O. Box 4883, Federal Way, WA 98063, US

Mission Statement

All American Assistance Dogs provides service dogs to veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or similar at virtually no charge. Our service area is western Washington state.


All American Assistance Dogs provides service dogs to veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or similar at virtually no charge. Our service area is western Washington state. We are an all-volunteer organization and rely on volunteers to help us find veterans, find puppies and foster puppies until they are ready to move to the veteran's home. The dogs may provide other support for the veteran, in addition to PTSD, TBI, or similar which may include seizures, mobility problems and others.

Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


South King County, or Pierce, Lewis or Kitsap CtyFederal Way, WA 98063


  • Veteran Care
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must be able to raise/ house dog for 6-8 months. Must be available to not leave dog home alone more than 3 hours a day and to hand off dog to trainer on training day.
  • Have a dog friendly home (dog will grow to 75 plus pounds), yard or similar, affectionate to dogs, be welcoming to a veteran visiting his future dog in your home.

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