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ORGANIZATION: Canine Companions- Southwest Region (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, South


Raise a future service dog together with a friend, a family member or another puppy raiser. Become a volunteer co-raiser to help provide more life-changing service dogs to people with disabilities! As a co-raiser, you'll share the exciting journey of preparing our future service dogs.

  • No prior dog experience is necessary (we offer mentorship options for first-time raisers.)
  • More flexibility & shorter time commitments while becoming part of an extraordinary community of fellow puppy raisers, volunteers & graduates

Here's the commitment you'll share for the 14 - 18 month journey:

  • Provide a safe and loving environment for a puppy (the only dog under 12 months old in your home).
  • Teach the puppy manners and basic skills with guidance from our supportive network of experienced staff & volunteers.
  • Collaborate closely to monitor the puppy’s progress.
  • Share responsibility for food, feeding a recommended diet, veterinary expenses, and attending an average of two puppy classes per month (either run by Canine Companions or pre-approved classes).
  • Transport the dog to the regional training center at the projected turn-in time.
  • Offer the puppy age-appropriate socialization opportunities, including public outings and veterinary appointments.
  • Ensure the puppy's safety by keeping it on a leash at all times unless supervised in a securely fenced area, and provide a kennel or crate for sleeping indoors.
  • Supervise the puppy throughout the day (some volunteers may even bring their puppy to work with permission).

Ready to help change a life? Explore more at, fill out an application interest form. You can also learn more by joining our upcoming virtual volunteer info session at

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About Canine Companions- Southwest Region (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, South


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

Mission Statement

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.


There are approximately 64 million Americans living with a disability. Canine Companions is a national non-profit organization that provides expertly trained service dogs and a lifetime of follow-up services - completely free of charge - to children, adults and veterans with disabilities so they can lead lives with greater independence.

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of service 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
Veterans & Military Families
Animals, People with Disabilities, Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Tucson, AZ 85721



  • Veterinary
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Community Outreach
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Special Needs


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible
  • Please note: 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.

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