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ORGANIZATION: Canine Companions, Southwest Region

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Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that provides expertly trained service dogs to adults, children and veterans completely free of charge. Help us provide more service dogs - become a volunteer puppy raiser today! Open your heart and home to a puppy with a purpose and you can help change lives.

Canine Companions volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe home, teach basic skills, 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 service dog. The puppy raising program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to assist with our very important mission. If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian fill out the application and you can sign on as a co-applicant.

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser, please reach out to the Southwest training center at or visit our puppy raising FAQ

Raise a puppy, change a life.

Volunteer puppy raisers are tasked with:

  • Providing a safe environment for a puppy
  • Working closely with Canine Companions to monitor the puppy’s progress and submit monthly reports
  • Attending an average of two Canine Companions approved classes per month.
  • Teaching the puppy manners and basic commands.
  • Providing for the puppy’s food, veterinary expenses and puppy classes. You will also be responsible for transporting the dog to the regional training center at the projected time for professional training.
  • Feeding the puppy a diet recommended by Canine Companions.
  • Acquiring and utilizing a kennel or crate for sleeping indoors.
  • Providing the puppy with age-appropriate socialization opportunities, such as public outings and veterinary appointments.
  • Keeping the puppy on a leash at all times, unless supervised in a securely fenced area.
  • Supervising the young puppy throughout the day.
  • Agreeing to return the puppy to Canine Companions upon request.

Learn more about Canine Companions at

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About Canine Companions, Southwest Region


PO Box 4568, 124 Rancho Del Oro Dr., Oceanside, CA 92057, US

Mission Statement

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistnace dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.


A National organization, CCI breeds, raises, trains, and then provides (at no cost) highly skilled assistance dogs to children, veterans, and other adults with physical or developmental disabilities. Furthermore, facility dogs are also provided to work with professional care-givers in hospitals, physical therapy programs, special education classrooms and other programs while hearing assistance dogs support the deaf or hard of hearing.


People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families
Animals, People with Disabilities, Veterans & Military Families


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies

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