Volunteers are an integral part of Support Dogs. They are involved in almost every aspect of the organization from caring for newborn pups to helping with major events. Every volunteer plays an important role in continuing our work and helping to spread our mission and vision. Volunteers are welcome to try a variety of opportunities and are encouraged to join us for sponsored social and recognition events. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.
(Our Snuggle Experts)
Whelpers give our puppies their best start to life. They provide 24/7 care to future service dogs from birth to 8 weeks. This may include bottle feeding, cleaning whelping box and potty box, laundry, feeding, play-time as well as documentation.
Volunteer Puppy Raising
(Our Pipeline to Success)
Puppy Raisers raise puppies from 8 weeks to around 18 months and provide not only basic obedience training but also exposure to the world around them in their home, getting them ready to be paired with a client. This includes mandatory attendance at classes, documented homework and financial expenses.
(Our Joy Bringers)
These volunteers bring in their own dogs for training and then work in the community, bringing comfort to people in hospitals, hospices, and other facilities. Our Paws for Reading volunteers work with children to improve reading skills by offering their dog as a non-judgemental ear.
(Our Playground Monitors)
These volunteers provide leisure time and enrichment to our dogs in their final stages of training. Volunteers conduct play-time, exercise, and a much needed potty break.
(Our Face at the Door)
Office volunteers provide our organization with reliable support and a warm welcome to our visitors. Responsibilities may include data entry, filing, copying, and printing, answering the phone, assembly of manuals or assembly of mailings.
(Our Party Animals)
We have great events throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to sell raffle-type tickets, assist with check-in/check-out, and obtain donors purchases for them. They may also report credit information, judge trivia, and manage gift baskets (including preparation, display and monitoring).
Volunteer Advisory Council
The Volunteer Advisory Council consists of four committees, each geared towards particular facets of volunteering. Together with the Volunteer Manager, they work to enhance the volunteer program by creating new methods of recognition, volunteer activities, and a quarterly newsletter. The committees meet quarterly as a council to collaborate on ideas.
Young Friends of Support Dogs
The Young Friends of Support Dogs are a group ages 21-40 who work to spread the mission and vision of Support Dogs amongst their peers and fundraising for the organization. The group participates in quarterly "yappy hour" meetings and plans 2 fundraisers per year.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Fill in the form below!