Volunteer Opportunities

                    Volunteer Opportunities

A woman holding up a golden reteiver puppy she is raising
Have you ever thought about becoming a
 volunteer puppy raiser?
Long term or Short term?
Puppy Sitting?

Puppy Raising

Puppy raisers take care of and train our puppies until they are 1 year to 16 months. A puppy raiser is required to commit to attend an orientation session followed by regular obedience classes for the time that the puppy is taken into advanced training or placement with their partner. Puppy raisers are asked to devote 15-20 minutes each day to training, socialize the dogs by taking then on field trips, and care for the dog’s basic care.

Short-Term Fosters and Sitting

We often have dogs that need a short term foster home (a weekend to a few months). These are usually adult dogs that need evaluation or more socialization, or a pup who's raiser is on vacation. An orientation session is required.

There are many benefits to volunteering.
Just a few of those are:
  • Learn how to properly raise and train an obedient well behaved dog.
  • Receive the privilege of constant companionship.
  • Receive an in-depth understanding of dog behavior psychology.
  • A rare opportunity to learn how to train advanced skills to a dog.
  • Don't have time to raise a puppy?
A golden retriever and a black lab in vest wait to get out of an open van door.
There are many ways to help out!
Just a few ways are: 
  • Spread the word!
  • Spend time handing out fliers
  • See our wish list for donations
  • Field Trip Assistance
  • Sponsor a puppy (donate the costs of vet care, grooming and the cost of the dog for an individual team)
  • Veterinarians are needed to provide care at a reduced fee (our clients can rarely afford vet care)
  • Grooming
  • Fund raising help
  • Grant Writing
  • Staffing information tables at events
  • Picking up cans and bottles to fund raise
  • Volunteering space to hold classes!
  • More! Just let us know what you want to do!
Contact info@sunstoneservicedogs.org Subject line Volunteer Coordinator                 
Currently Seeking Dog Training Apprentices!
If you have experience training dogs, perhaps even your CPDT-KA (though not required) and are interested in learning more about service dogs; please contact us. You do not have to be willing to raise a puppy, you do not have to commit all of your time.  We are over whelmed with advanced dogs and need help during the week or on weekends.  There will be differences between your experience and what we teach. Please have an open mind and willingness to follow our methods. Consistency is key to their training.

What Apprentices learn:
  • How to perform temperament tests and determine puppy eligibility for service dog training
  • How to teach advanced tasks for service dogs
  • How to teach disability specific tasks 
  • How to organize and teach classes to clients and puppy raisers
  • Training techniques specific to service dogs with hands on experience with many different dogs
  • Techniques for relaxation and calming of dogs
  • In depth knowledge of using the clicker for teaching tasks, calming, counter conditioning, and confidence building of dog
  • Knowledge of service dog laws both federal and state
  • How to put together books to teach service dog classes
  • How to assemble vests and awards
If interested please send a resume and cover letter to info@Sunstoneservicedogs.org explaining your experience with dogs and why you wish to learn about service dogs as well as your availability. Please include a phone # where you may be reached.
This is not a paid position at this time.

Volunteers are needed in other areas as well.
If you are interested in helping out, please feel free to contact us at info@sunstoneservicedogs.org!

Sunstone Service Dogs will not discriminate against any director, officer, employee, applicant or participant on the basis of, but not limited to: sex, race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, sexual preference, gender identification or national origin.