Puppy raisers play a vital role within the Saint Francis organization. By opening up their home to one of our special puppies, they are helping Saint Francis to provide a service dog to one of the many people in need of assistance throughout our community.

Puppy raisers teach our puppies basic obedience commands, socialize them in a wide variety of settings and provide lots of love. Puppy raisers attend weekly training sessions, complete weekly and monthly training and health reports, and follow the comprehensive guidelines provided by Saint Francis for the puppy's safety, health and training.

Most of the costs of raising and training the puppy are covered by Saint Francis, including all veterinary care, dog food and basic equipment. Saint Francis provides crates, leashes, bowls, collar, gentle leader and vest. You may expect to purchase some items for the puppy, including toys, approved treats, grooming products and dog beds.

The goal of puppy raising is to develop the puppy into a mature, dependable dog that is well-behaved, socialized, relaxed, friendly, attentive and responsive to basic commands.

If you are interested in becoming a Saint Francis Puppy Raiser, please complete and submit the online
Volunteer Questionnaire. Once we receive your questionnaire, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.
Saint Francis thanks Purina for their support
For questions or additional information about Saint Francis Service Dogs contact us at info@saintfrancisdogs.org or call 540.342.DOGS (3647).

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