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Volunteer With RSD

Looking for a fun and fulfilling way to make a difference?

We need YOU to join our Service Dogs team!

We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, so there’s sure to be one that suits your interests, skills, and schedule. Whether you prefer to hang out with puppies or adult dogs, support special events that raise money for our organization, or do vital behind-the-scenes work at our office, we have a great gig for you!

Become a Puppy Raiser

We urgently need volunteers to help raise the next generation of Service Dogs. We’re expecting to double the dogs in 2023—and each of these service dog candidates needs a volunteer puppy raiser to help them reach their full potential. If you can help raise a puppy in your home for 8 to 12 months, we want you!

Our puppies range from 2 to 6 months old, with some already housetrained and crate trained, and others needing instruction in those areas. As a puppy raiser, you’ll supply love, basic obedience training, and socialization. RSD will provide special training, both online and in-person, using social distancing and other protocols designed with your safety and well-being in mind. You will also receive continuous guidance and ongoing support from RSD staff and fellow puppy raisers, as well as supplies.

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If you're not ready to commit to 10 months of puppy raising but are interested in hosting an RSD puppy in your home for short stints, puppy sitting may be for you! We always need volunteers who can look after our young service dog hopefuls when their raisers go out of town or have other prescheduled obligations.

  • Puppy sitters go through RSD orientation and onboarding in exactly the same way as our puppy raisers to ensure consistency in training protocols and behavior expectations.

  • Puppy sitters are responsible for maintaining all training and behavior expectations while the puppy is in their home, even if just for a short period of time.

  • Puppy sitters are welcome to do weekend fostering for our adult dogs in training as well, but not at the same time.

Become a Puppy Sitter
AKA Weekend Warrior

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Become a Rescue Raiser

Much like our Puppy Raiser we urgently need volunteers to help raise the next generation of Rescue Service Dogs. As a rescue raiser you will work with dogs from the local shelters that have been hand selected by our evaluation team.If you can help raise a puppy in your home for 6 to 8 months, we want you!

 

These dogs will range from 8 months - 2 years old with most already housetrained and crate trained, and others needing instruction in those areas. As a rescue raiser,you’ll supply love, basic obedience training, and socialization. RSD will provide special training, both online and in-person, using social distancing and other protocols designed with your safety and well-being in mind. You will also receive continuous guidance and ongoing support from RSD staff and fellow puppy raisers, as well as supplies.

 

Onsite Opportunities

- Puppy Enrichment Volunteer

Help care for and play with young, adorable puppies. Must be 16 years old to volunteer with the puppies. 

- Fundraising Event Commitee Volunteer

Are you a natural party planner with an eye for detail and a flair for promotion? Help us plan and execute RSD fundraising events throughout the year.

- Administrative Volunteer

Do you like data? Swoon over spreadsheets? Love talking on the telephone? We are always in need of volunteers to help with administrative projects.

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907-302-1566

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