VOLUNTEER

Review the volunteer roles below to see how you can get involved in changing lives.

Puppy-Raising

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Join a community of over 200 dedicated individuals and families that help shape the success of our assistance dog candidates.  Puppy-raising is a minimum 18 month commitment and being a puppy-raiser means having a furry companion by your side at work, school, the grocery store and wherever else you may go in a day. This volunteer job is a big commitment, but it is an essential part of socializing our dogs for the working life they will later have with their partner. Puppies enter raising at 8 weeks old, and live with our volunteer puppy-raisers until they are approximately 18 months old.

Not sure about committing full time?  Talk to us about co-raising a puppy.  You can partner with a friend or colleague, or we can match you with another member of our volunteer team that is looking for someone to share the responsibility of one puppy.  This is ideal for people whose work environment (nurses, chefs, surgeons, etc.) poses challenges for puppy-raising, or for single individuals who want to raise a puppy, but don’t have the support of a partner or family member to spell them off periodically (puppies can be very busy!).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A desire to give back and have fun doing it!
  • Minimum 18 month commitment – although we’d love for you to join us for longer!
  • Attendance at weekly puppy-classes & one monthly outreach event
  • Dog Lover? You can raise a PADS puppy and have up to 3 pet dogs (As long as your housing/municipality allows)
  • Only 1 dog under a year in the home
  • Exposure to toddlers and children is wonderful for puppy, but our insurance precludes PADS puppies being raised in a home or workplace that has a daycare or preschool centre.
  • You must have a conversational level of English.

Burnaby: Accepting Applications
Okanagan: Accepting Applications
Calgary: Accepting Applications

Puppy-Sitter

Ari-January-2015-1Puppy-Sitters are approved handlers that step in if a Raiser needs to leave their puppy for a temporary amount of time, lasting from overnight to several weeks. Some sitters will also look after our young puppies before they are old enough to travel as part of our breeding cooperative (8 weeks old to 16 weeks old).

Burnaby: Applications Closed
Calgary: Accepting Applications
Okanagan: Accepting Applications

Breeder Caretakers

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Volunteering for this job means providing a home for one of the dogs in our breeding colony in the lower mainland of British Columbia.  Either a female and her puppies (for the first 8 weeks of their lives) or a male that is used as a stud dog. When a litter is “on the ground” someone must be home during the day or be willing to allow other PADS volunteers to stay with the puppies.  These stable, loving homes are essential to the health and well being of our amazing breeding dogs.

Burnaby: Accepting Applications

 

Advanced Kennel Volunteers

Pride May 2015 smlThis Burnaby based volunteer role requires committed, reliable individuals who are willing to come to the PADS campus on a schedule to interact with our advanced dogs – allowing them to stretch their legs, toilet and get some socialization, particularly in the evenings when staff have gone home for the day. Your duties may also include cleaning indoor kennel runs, laundry, washing dog dishes and grooming/bathing dogs.  Shifts in this role can be daytime or evenings, Monday to Friday. We ask that you be a minimum of 18 years to apply to be an Advanced Kennel volunteer.

Burnaby: Applications Closed

BC Lower Mainland

Apply Now to become a puppy-raiser or breeder caretaker in the Lower Mainland of BC.

Calgary

Reach out and contact us to learn more about volunteering in the Calgary, AB area.

Okanagan

Reach out and contact us to learn more about volunteering in our Okanagan Puppy-Raising Program.