Become a Puppy-Raiser of Future Service Dogs with NEADS

Puppy-raisers are volunteers who must apply to raise puppies that will be trained as service dogs. 
Acadia Litter 3 Weeks (1)

The most recent NEADS litter from NEADS mom Acadia, which will be ready to go to full-time puppy raiser homes this month.

NEADS World Class Service Dogs is currently looking for full-time puppy raisers in Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island to help train future service dogs. Puppy-raisers are volunteers who must apply to raise puppies that will be trained as service dogs.

Those accepted as Puppy Raisers will take care of the puppies for twelve to sixteen months and must attend a weekly service training session. They will also need to be with the puppy twenty-four hours a day and can only leave it alone for two hours at most. NEADS will pay for medical care and food, but the rest of the costs fall on the Puppy Raiser.

Acadia Litter 3 Weeks (12)

“Our volunteers have the once-in-a-lifetime experience (or hopefully more!) of preparing these amazing dogs for a career of helping others with disabilities, including those who are deaf or physically disabled, children who have autism or veterans who have PTSD; or providing therapeutic assistance in a variety of professional settings,” says NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche.  “And the added stressors and isolation created by the COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for our highly-trained Service Dogs more critical than ever before.”

If you are interested in becoming a Puppy Raiser you can apply here.

Pups In Cambridge (darcy, Baxter, Pride, Mikey Left To Right)

NEADS Service Dogs in Training in Cambridge – (L-R): Darcy, Baxter, Pride and Mikey.

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