There are many ways to volunteer with NEADS, on our campus, off-site, and at home.


At Home and Off Site

Full-time Puppy Raisers

Full-time Puppy Raisers are dedicated volunteers who take our Service Dogs in Training into their homes and look after them for 12 to 16 months, working on critical socialization and basic obedience.

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Weekend Puppy Raisers

Weekend Puppy Raisers open their homes to one of our amazing puppies on weekends for the duration of its training.

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Transport Volunteers

Transport Volunteers transport puppies between NEADS and other Service Dog organizations as well as transport breeding stock as needed. Learn more and apply here.

Breeder Caretakers

NEADS partners with volunteers to host our breeder dogs in their homes, then return the dogs to campus when needed for breeding and whelping.

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NEADS Sitters

[Program currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions] Weekend Puppy Sitters take puppies in the Early Learning Center home for a weekend. Learn more.

On the NEADS Campus

Please note that on-campus volunteer activities are currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Nursery Volunteers

Nursery volunteers work with puppies that are between 4 - 8 weeks old. They help with socializations, manage puppy play time, and give one-on-one time to our broods. Learn more and apply.

Early Learning Center and Canine Center Volunteers

Volunteers assist with daily operations and provide valuable 1:1 time to our puppies and adolescent Service Dogs in Training. Learn more and apply.

Group Volunteers

Volunteer groups can assist with grounds maintenance and other seasonal projects on our 18-acre campus in Princeton, MA. Learn more.

Professional, Creative, and Administrative Opportunities

We welcome volunteers who are willing to contribute their professional, creative, and administrative talents. Submit an application here.