Southeastern Guide Dogs need volunteers to help raise puppies

No experience is required to become a volunteer. A support team and tools are provided.

PALMETTO, Fla. – Southeastern Guide Dogs is looking for volunteer puppy breeders who “open their hearts and homes to help raise these fluffy superheroes.”

This nonprofit has puppy rearing groups throughout the southeastern United States that teach puppies house manners and basic skills. These skills help prepare them for advanced skill training and life as working dogs.

These pups begin their home experience around nine weeks of age. After 12 to 16 months, they return from the educator’s home to Southeastern guide dogs for training.

No experience is required to be a volunteer. Puppy Raising Services will be able to provide not only a support team but also the tools to be successful as a volunteer.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. A parent or legal guardian may agree to share responsibility with each younger teenager.

Puppy educators must be able to commit to “puppy kindergarten” so the dog can begin training, along with a twice-monthly meeting with their local group.

Southeastern Guide Dogs will pay for veterinary care.

All costs for food, flea prevention, collar, leash, crate, approved toys and everything else that is needed are at the expense of the puppy breeder.

Volunteers can have other dogs or pets in the house while participating in this program.

After the training, the young dogs find their job in:

  • Guide dogs for the visually impaired
  • Service dogs for a veteran
  • Child assistance dogs for “a child with great challenges”
  • Breeder dogs

For more information or to apply, you can visit their website.

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