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Canine Companions for Independence Texas - Volunteer Puppy Raiser

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Canine Companions for Independence

  • 5 people are interested

Do you love dogs? Do you want to help people with disabilities gain their independence back? Are you able to dedicate 18-20 months to raise a puppy and change a life?

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

Each hour spent caring for a Canine Companions puppy is vital to its development as a future assistance dog. The puppy raising program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to assist with our very important mission.

As a volunteer puppy raiser, you must agree to the following:

  • Provide a safe environment for a puppy who will be the only dog under 1-year old in the house
  • Work closely with Canine Companions monitoring the puppy’s progress and submit monthly reports
  • Attend Canine Companions approved obedience classes
  • Teach the puppy manners and basic commands
  • Provide financially for the puppy’s food, medical and transportation expenses
  • Feed the puppy a diet recommended by Canine Companions
  • Provide a kennel or crate for sleeping indoors
  • Provide the puppy with age-appropriate socialization opportunities such as public outings and medical appointments
  • Keep the puppy on a leash at all times unless in a securely fenced area
  • Supervise the young puppy throughout the day
  • Agree to return the puppy upon request

Please visit our webiste to read the Puppy Raiser FAQ.


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About Canine Companions for Independence


7710 Las Colinas Ridge, Irving, TX 75063, US

Mission Statement

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Canine Companions has training centers across the country and boasts 1,900 active graduate teams nationwide. Canine Companions has placed 5,000 teams since the organization’s inception in 1975.


Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Community Outreach




  • Orientation or Training
  • 18-20 Months

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