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



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. Puppy-sitting volunteers are available to provide coverage if a raiser needs a break or is away.


  • A desire to give back and have fun doing it!
  • We ask raisers to join our community for a two year commitment – although we’d love for you to join us for longer!
  • Attendance at regular puppy-classes (weekly for full-time raisers and monthly for part-time raisers) & 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.
  • Primary applicant must be at 18 years of age or older

Burnaby: Applications Currently Closed
Okanagan: Applications Currently Closed
Calgary: Applications Currently Closed

Breeder Caretakers


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: Apply Now

Events & Campus

Not all PADS volunteers hold a leash in their hand! From events and outreach to maintenance and communications, our Events & Campus volunteer teams help out in a multitude of ways.  Are you a photographer, plumber, landscaper or administrator? PADS can use your passion and talents to further our mission.

Burnaby:Applications Currently Closed

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 19 years to apply to be an Advanced Kennel volunteer.

Burnaby: Applications Currently Closed