If you are interested in joining the Saint Francis Family of volunteers, please contact Ryan
Read at email@example.com. Please understand that we may not have
openings in all volunteer positions at all times. Thank you for your patience.
If you are presently a Saint Francis volunteer and would like to explore other volunteer
options, please contact us.
For questions or additional information about how you can help Saint Francis
Service Dogs, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 540.342.DOGS (3647).
Another important way you can help is by sharing Saint Francis Service Dogs with
others. If you are aware of family, friends, clubs or organizations that might be
interested in services or interested in volunteer opportunities, we hope you will
share your knowledge and direct them to us.
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It really does take a village to raise and place a Saint Francis Service Dog. Saint Francis
would not be able to continue our mission without the tireless efforts of hundreds of
We invite you to join our Saint Francis Family by becoming involved in special events, by
being a dog walker, puppy raiser, puppy sitter or undertaking a service project at our
training facility. The list is long and varied. We welcome all levels of involvement, and
work hard to provide our volunteers with a unique and fulfilling experience.
Below are descriptions of our volunteer programs that may need a helping hand or loving home:
• Puppy Raisers: Puppy raisers open their homes and hearts to future service dogs,
raising puppies for approximately one year and helping them learn their basic obedience
skills before returning them to Saint Francis Service Dogs for advanced training.
• Puppy/Dog Sitters: Puppy/dog sitters look after Saint Francis puppies and dogs on
weekends or for periods of one or two weeks while their regular puppy raisers are on
vacation or to give dogs in training a change of scenery. Sitters help our Saint Francis
puppies and dogs by exposing them to new friends and different places.
• Dogtoberfest: Dogtoberfest is our largest annual fundraiser. It occurs every October
and includes fun and activities for the entire family. Hundreds of volunteers are needed prior
to the event, on the day of the event, and after the event to make Dogtoberfest fabulous!
• Angel Tree: Tanglewood Mall plays generous host to our annual Angel Tree. The Angel
runs from last November to mid-December and helps us collect donations of treats, toys
and gift cards for our puppies and dogs in training. Volunteers help construct and maintain
tree decorations, and collect and distribute gifts.
• Reading Program: The Reading Program enables you and your dog to work as a
volunteer team with Saint Francis in local schools providing unique reading experiences
for children. Committed weekly volunteer teams attend sessions at selected area schools.
• Bella's Dog House Leaders: Bella's Dog House is the children's component to
Candidate Class. The children in our program either waiting for placement with a dog or
coming to class with their parents have to opportunity to participate in age appropriate
learning experiences including crafts, play areas and reading. Bella's Dog House Leaders
help plan, coordinate and implement this program.
• Candidate Class Meal Assistance: Candidate Classes provide information and training
for Candidates who are in the process of being placed with a Service Dog. Class includes an
hour-long lunch, which provides an opportunity to relax and visit with staff and trainers.
Volunteers prepare and serve lunch at their own expense. The main dish is provided by
Saint Francis Service Dogs.
• Dog Walkers: Dog Walkers are needed on a weekly basis to walk dogs and puppies
living in or visiting our kennels. Dog Walkers provide much needed socialization and
exercise to promote overall good health for service dogs in training.
• Puppy Players: Puppy Players come to the Saint Francis facility on days when we have
puppies housed at the kennels for vet appointments and/or socialization outside of Bland
Correctional Facility. Families are encouraged to visit and play with our puppies to acclimate
the puppies to children of a variety of ages.
Click Here to see a list of Current Volunteer Announcements!