Raise a Puppy, Host a Breeder

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 Raisers and Full-Time Puppy Raisers. Our Breeder Caretakers look after a NEADS dog that is part of the NEADS Breeding Colony. These dogs are treated much like a pet, and the caretakers are responsible for keeping them healthy and happy.

Weekend Puppy Raisers, Full-Time Puppy Raisers, Breeder Caretakers

Which role is right for me?
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Weekend Puppy Raisers

  • Volunteers make a 12-18 month-long commitment to raising a puppy on weekends only.
  • Pick up/Drop off: Prison
  • Commitment: 3 weekends/month for 12-18 months
  • Dog: Same dog every weekend from same prison
  • Training: Maintain the obedience that the dog has learned in prison
  • Classes: 1 class/month taught by the Puppy Program Assistant
  • Socialization: 4-6 field trips per weekend, guided by NEADS socialization protocols
  • Application: Online

Full-Time Puppy Raisers

  • Volunteers make a 12-16 month long commitment to raising a puppy in their homes, full time.
  • Pick up/Drop off: N/A
  • Commitment: 14-16 months
  • Dog: Same dog 24/7
  • Training: 1-2 classes/week in Princeton, MA area; follow NEADS training and socialization protocols
  • Field Trips: 6-10 field trips out in public weekly
  • Application: Online

Breeder Caretaker

  • Volunteers host our breeder dogs in their homes, returning the dog to campus when needed for breeding and whelping.
  • Pick up/Drop off: N/A
  • Commitment: 1-3 years and then Caretaker can adopt
  • Dog: Same dog, 24/7
  • Training: Keep the NEADS dog safe and happy
  • Field Trips: NEADS dog does not have public access
  • Paperwork & Commitment: Monthly weight forms; bring NEADS dog to campus once every 3 months + when needed for breeding
  • Application: Online

Want to help but can't commit to having a puppy every weekend or full-time?