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

At Home and Off Site

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    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. Learn more.

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    NEADS Sitters

    NEADS has two Sitter options:

    Weekend Puppy Sitters take puppies in the Early Learning Center home for a weekend.

    Sitters for Dogs in Training take them into their homes for anywhere from two days to two weeks while their Puppy Raisers are away or when the dogs are in transition.

    Learn more

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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. Learn more.

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    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. Learn more

On the NEADS Campus

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    Nursery Volunteers

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


    Group Volunteers

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

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    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.

  • Professional, Creative and Administrative Opportunities

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