Breeder Caretakers

As part of its breeding program, NEADS partners with volunteers to host our breeder dogs in their homes, then return the dogs to campus when needed for breeding and whelping. Breeder dogs are treated much like a pet and be kept safe and happy in the home.

Caretakers will look after a NEADS dog that is enrolled in the NEADS Breeding Colony. Breeder dogs will be treated much like pet, with caretakers keeping them safe and happy in the home. Caretakers will bring the NEADS dog to campus when needed for breeding and whelping.

Are You Ready?

It is important to note that in addition to bringing the dog to campus for breeding and whelping, you will need to:

  • Caring for the NEADS dog 24/7
  • Providing a safe, healthy and loving environment for the dog
  • Monthly - bring the NEADS dogs to the vet once a month to be weighed and send the form to NEADS
  • Every 3 months - bring the dog to NEADS to get a medical check, pick up food, and preventative medication

Other things to consider:

  • Breeder dogs will have no public access rights and are never allowed off leash.
  • Caretakers will follow NEADS procedures for medical treatment, food type, and food amounts.
  • NEADS will cover the expenses for all medical and food costs.
  • There is a small possibility that a breeder dog could re-enter a facility to continue their Service Dog training and be matched with a client. If the Caretaker has the breeder dog for more than 6 months, the Caretaker will have the first right of refusal for adoption once the dog is retired.

For Caretakers for a Female Dog

  • If you are a Caretaker for a female dog, you must bring her back to campus within 3 days from when she goes into heat.
  • When she becomes pregnant, she must be in quarantine 3 weeks prior to her due date. Quarantine means the breeder dog should remain at home and in your yard, avoiding dog-heavy areas like trails, dog parks, obedience classes.
  • Additionally, during quarantine, the breeder dog should only interact with household dogs, and household dogs must avoid dog-heavy areas as well.
  • 1 week prior to the due date, she will return to NEADS and remain on campus for 6-8 weeks.
  • Visitation - the Caretaker will be allowed to visit the litter on campus two times, when the litter is 3-7 weeks of age.

For Caretakers for a Male Dog

  • It is the Caretaker's responsibility to bring the male back to NEADS if he is needed for breeding. The male will stay on campus for 2-4 days and then will return to the Caretaker's home.
  • Visitation - the Caretaker will be allowed to visit the litter on campus two times, when the litter is 3-7 weeks of age.

Weekend Puppy Raiser, Full-Time Puppy Raiser, Breeder Caretaker

Which role is right for me?

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