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Foster a Future Service Dog for a Veteran

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ORGANIZATION: Pawsitivity Service Dogs

  • 2 people are interested

You can foster a future service dog that will eventually be trained for a U.S. military veteran! This opportunity is similar to being a puppy-raiser, but the dog is a little older-he’s a one-year-old purebred Golden Retriever (and fully house-trained!)

Do you match these requirements?

  • Do you live in the Minneapolis/St Paul, MN area?
  • Is someone at home during the day?
  • Do you currently have zero pets?

Pawsitivity Service Dogs, a St. Paul, MN 501(c)(3) charity that trains service dogs for veterans with disabilities, needs a volunteer to give a one-year-old Golden Retriever a loving home for 6-12 months.

The volunteer needs to:

  • Give the dog lots of love and attention in their home.
  • Following any special instructions such as not allowing the dog to jump up on furniture or not allowing people-food.
  • Return the dog to Pawsitivity when the fostering time is up so the dog can be trained as a service dog for a family. (No "foster failures", sorry...)

You do not need to train the dog (the dog knows basic manners). You also won’t be expected to bring the dog to restaurants or other public places because the dog is not a service dog-in-training. The dog just needs a loving home and needs to be treated as a beloved pet-the experience of living in a new home (yours) will be very valuable to the dog because they will get to experience all sorts of new stimuli in your home and neighborhood.

It is important to remember that any dog coming into your home will need to learn the routine and rules of your family to feel safe and comfortable. The dog will crave the structure and routine that only you can provide. With your loving assistance, your dog-foster will eventually help rescue a veteran with a disability, working as a service dog.

More opportunities with Pawsitivity Service Dogs

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Pawsitivity Service Dogs



Mission Statement

Pawsitivity Service Dogs is dedicated to training service dogs for U.S. military veterans and families.


In support of this primary purpose, Pawsitivity shall also undertake the following specific objectives:

a) To adopt homeless dogs for the explicit purpose of raising and training them to become Pawsitivity Dogs.

b) To provide life-long support to our clients and their Pawsitivity Dogs through training advice.

c) To ensure that any Pawsitivity Dog candidate who, after specific evaluation and training, is deemed unsuitable for service dog work, or that any returned or retired Pawsitivity Dog is adopted to a good home;

d) To work towards the availability of service dogs as a benefit to all disabled individuals.

e) To raise public awareness through informational and educational activities on the purpose and function of service dogs, the benefits they accrue to their partners with disabilities, the needs of people with disabilities which can be met with a service dog, and the rights and responsibilities of service dog partners under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Veterans & Military Families
Animals, Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Saint Paul, MN 55104



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21
  • Full-time for 6-12 months.
  • The household must have someone at home during the day, and the household must currently have zero pets.

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