Volunteer Service Dog Puppy Raiser

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Looking for a volunteer opportunity that's rewarding, fun, and where you'll truly make a difference?

If you live in Putnam, Westchester, or Dutchess County, Western Connecticut from Brookfield to Ridgefield/Redding or the Stamford area, or Upper NYC (Manhattan), we want you!!!

The pup will live in your home. You'll love, care for it, teach it basic obedience and house manners, and gently socialize it to new situations. All under the careful supervision and guidance from our trainers.

You'll make a significant contribution to helping someone less fortunate. We can't produce our service dogs without their being raised in the loving homes of our volunteer raisers. It's that simple. No raisers, no service dogs.

Our service dogs are free to their recipients - people with physical disabilities other than blindness. We train carefully selected mixed breed pups we adopt from rescue groups. It's a rare dog that's capable of being a service dog.

If you have no more than 1 dog at home, who is friendly to other dogs, we want you!

If you work from home, or can bring the pup to work, or have a partner to stay with the pup when you're working, we want you! Our pups can't be left alone more than 3 hours at the most to learn to bond very closely with people. A service dog's loving bond to their recipient motivates them to assist that person.

Choose whether you want to raise one of our pups for 6, 12, or 18 months. We cover all the major costs of the pup - vet care, food, crate(s), leash(s), harness(es), and some toys. You provide bowls, measuring cup, some toys, and dog bed(s) when they're ready for them, and transportation costs to socialize the pup, take it to the vet as needed, attend classes(when held) and events (1 or 2/year).

You'll learn a LOT about dogs from our trainers, will get out and exercise more, will meet new people, add a purpose to your life.

Here's our application, with more information:
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Questions? Please call us at 917-449-5359 or email us at info@putnamservicedogs.org.

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PO BOX 573, BREWSTER, NY 10509, US

Mission Statement

Our service dogs change lives. We champion the nurturing bond between dogs and humans.


We provide free service dogs and follow up support services to people with physical disabilities other than blindness. We carefully select mixed breed rescue pups to train as our service dogs.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Advocacy & Human Rights, Animals, Community


Mon Oct 23, 2023 - Sat Dec 23, 2023


Paladin Center39 Seminary Hill Rd.Carmel, NY 10512



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • More when young puppies, avg. 1-2 hrs/day.
  • If you work away from your home, and can't bring the pup to work, you'll need a partner to take the pup. A service dog pup must be with a person 24/7 mostly, as they'll be with their recipient. You must love dogs, and be a hard worker.

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