Raise a Puppy for a Military Veteran's Service Dog-in-training
17 people are interested
All American Assistance Dogs (AAADogs) provides service dogs for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or similar injuries. We provide these dogs at virtually no charge to the veteran. We are an all-volunteer organization to be able to use our funds towards obtaining and training the service dogs-in-training. We start training the dogs as puppies and that is where we need your help.
The dogs initially live in with puppy raisers for approximately 6-8 months. 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 take the puppy to initial training classes in Federal Way (that AAADogs pays for). WE WILL NEED MULTIPLE FOSTER HOMES TO START RAISING A PUPPY IN THE NEXT 2 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.
- The puppy raisers will also take the puppy to training classes during the time the dog is with them - AAAdogs provides the classes and helps with any concerns that come up.
More information on our website www.aaadogs.org under the section for volunteering. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-601-3254 for further information. Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity and we look forward to meeting you.
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.