We unleash the potential of dogs by transforming them into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need.

Join our volunteer Puppy-Raising Club!

Help raise and train a puppy for one of our clients in need

Freedom Service Dogs is seeking dedicated volunteers to join our new Puppy-Raising Club and help train the next generation of Freedom Service Dogs.

As a volunteer puppy raiser, you’ll be responsible for training a puppy in basic obedience, house manners, and socialization through exposure to many different kinds of people, environments, animals, and vehicles. You will raise the puppy at your home until they are 1 year old, at which point they will return to FSD for custom training and placement with one of our clients in need. Best of all, you’ll see the heartwarming results of all your hard work at an FSD graduation ceremony, where our client and the service dog you helped raise will officially start their new life together.

As a volunteer member of our Puppy-Raising Club, you’ll receive special training, continuous guidance, and ongoing support. FSD has created a comprehensive puppy-raising curriculum, including training requirements and milestones for volunteers to meet along the way. As part of the program, puppy raisers will be required to bring their puppies to FSD each month for training, evaluation, and feedback. You’ll also have a chance to participate in monthly outings with other puppy raisers.

We need foster volunteers, too!

Freedom Service Dogs is also seeking weekend and long-term foster volunteers to give young-adult and adult dogs a break from the shelter during training. All puppy-raising and foster volunteers must complete basic volunteer orientation and training at Freedom Service Dogs, in addition to special training.

To learn more about our Puppy-Raising Club and foster program, contact us at volunteer@freedomservicedogs.org or 303-922-6231.

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