Raise a Puppy

NEADS is always seeking Puppy Raisers, families who open their homes to one of our amazing puppies in training. Puppy raiser opportunities include Weekend Puppy Sitters and Weekend Puppy Raisers, as well as Full-Time Puppy Raisers (a more limited program).

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Weekend Puppy Sitters

Sitters enjoy the company of a puppy in their home for at least one weekend a month. They are matched with a puppy from the Early Learning Center but will not likely take the same puppy home for multiple weekends.

Weekend Puppy Raisers

Volunteers make a 12- to 18-month-long commitment to raising a puppy on weekends only.

Full-Time Puppy Raisers

Volunteers make a 12- to 16-month-long commitment to raising a puppy in their homes, full time.

Weekend Puppy Sitters, Weekend Puppy Raisers, Full-Time Puppy Raisers

Which role is right for me?

Weekend Puppy Sitters

  • Pick up/Drop off: NEADS Campus, Princeton
  • Commitment: 1 weekend per month
  • Dog: Different puppy each weekend you volunteer
  • Application: starts with a pre-qualifying questionnaire

Weekend Puppy Raisers

  • Pick up/Drop off: Prison
  • Commitment: 3 weekends/month for 12-18 months
  • Dog: Same dog every weekend from same prison
  • Application: Online.

Full-Time Puppy Raisers

  • Pick up/Drop off: N/A
  • Commitment: 12-16 months of having the NEADS dog full-time
  • Dog: Same dog every weekend from same prison
  • Application: Online