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ORGANIZATION: Canine Companions- Southeast Region (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mi

  • 1 person is interested

Volunteer to raise a puppy and be a part of something truly life changing! Canine Companions Puppy Raising Program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers from all over the country to assist with our very important mission of providing service dogs to people with disabilities.

As a puppy raiser, you'll play a vital role in preparing our future service dogs.

  • No dog experience is necessary- option for a mentor for first-time raisers.
  • Most commit to raising a puppy for its full journey, but options for co-raising or shorter-term assistance are also available.
  • Opportunity to join an extraordinary community of other puppy raisers, volunteers & graduates.
  • Excellent service project opportunity for homeschool, FFA, 4-h & other community organizations.

Here's what's required for the 14 - 18 month journey:

  • Provide a safe & loving environment for a puppy (the only dog under 12 months old in your home).
  • Teach the puppy manners and basic skills- we'll show you how to do this! You’ll join a supportive network of experienced volunteers.
  • Work closely with Canine Companions to monitor the puppy’s progress.
  • Be responsible for food & feeding a recommended diet, veterinary expenses and attend an average of two puppy classes/month (either ran by Canine Companions or pre-approved classes)
  • Transport the dog to the regional training center at the projected turn-in time.
  • Provide the puppy with age-appropriate socialization opportunities, such as public outings and veterinary appointments.
  • Keep the puppy on a leash at all times, unless supervised in a securely fenced area. Use a kennel or crate for sleeping indoors.
  • Supervise the puppy throughout the day (some volunteers are able to obtain permission to bring their puppy to work).

To explore more, visit canine.org/raise for our puppy raising FAQ, fill out an application interest form or join an upcoming virtual volunteer info. session canine.org/volunteerinfosession.

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About Canine Companions- Southeast Region (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mi


8150 Clarcona Ocoee Road, Orlando, FL 32818, US

Mission Statement

Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit 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.


FL 32818



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • 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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