Volunteers are the lifeblood of Support Dogs and allow the organization to do what it does each and every day. We have many opportunities for volunteering and are always looking for more people to join the organization. We hope that you will enjoy the camaraderie, support and friendships that develop from working with this elite team of volunteers. There are few organizations where the volunteers are able to work so directly with the people we serve.
Volunteer positions available through Support Dogs, Inc:
Volunteers may be involved in everything from caring for the mother and pups during birth to caring for newborn pups at our facility until they are eight weeks of age.
Volunteer Puppy Raising (VPR)
Raise an assistance dog in your home for a minimum of six to eight months. Provide food, veterinary care, training, socialization, and supplies for the puppy. Volunteer Puppy Raisers are required to attend established training classes for the duration of when the puppy is in their care.
Become certified with your personal dog through Support Dogs, Inc. You and your dog will be certified to visit nursing homes, hospitals, and other health care facilities. Canines must pass a temperament evaluation and complete training segments to be certified in the program.
Paws for Reading
Certify your dog to go into schools and local libraries where students can use the dog as an incentive to read. Canines must pass a temperament evaluation and complete training segments to be certified in the program.
Help with the exercising of the dogs living on site in the Support Dogs, Inc. kennels. Hours for this position vary. Contact office for details. Volunteers interested in this position will have to attend an orientation to receive training on how to work with the dogs.
Volunteers needed to help with event set-up, tear-down, and working during the various events that the organization holds throughout the year.
Help assist office staff with mailings, projects, and other administrative items.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors, under the leadership of the Board President and with the support of the President and C.E.O., is responsible for the governance of Support Dogs, Inc. and the stewardship of its assets. It requires the participation of individuals with a wide range of knowledge and experience including, but not limited to, public relations, media, policy making, strategic planning, development, special events, community/civic activities, public education, human and client services, and canine training.