Ways to Volunteer


Get information on becoming a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions. Learn what is involved in teaching an adorable pup to be ready for training by our Canine Companions professional trainers.

Breeder Caretakers

Canine Companions for Independence puppies are born into loving volunteer homes. Check out how you can become a volunteer caretaker for one of our wonderful male and female breeder dogs.


Want to get your service club involved in Canine Companions? Find out how your club can help provide exceptional assistance dogs for people with disabilities.


Looking for Canine Companions volunteers in your area? See where we have official chapters and volunteer groups around the nation.


Share your wings with future service dogs! Volunteer pilots transport Canine Companions puppies across the country to their puppy raisers. We’re looking for more pilots to fly our important (and adorable) puppies.

Apply to Volunteer

Volunteer in the North Central Region
(West of Pittsburgh, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Volunteer in the Northeast Region
(New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine)

Volunteer in the Northwest Region
(Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska)

Volunteer in the South Central Region
(Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana)

Volunteer in the Southeast Region
(Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama)

Volunteer in the Southwest Region
(Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Hawaii)

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Puppy raiser receives puppy and puppy package

Volunteer Puppy Raiser FAQs

Canine Companions has been providing service dogs to people with disabilities since 1975. You can help us unite people with trained service dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence. Every service dog starts as a puppy that needs a loving home. You can raise a dog and change a life. Volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives.

Volunteer puppy raisers provide Canine Companions puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

Check out our Puppy Raiser FAQs >>