Volunteering at Power Paws

 

All Power Paws Volunteers must first attend a New Volunteer Orientation. This Orientation is held at our Scottsdale facility on the first Saturday of each month from 11am – 12pm in Room 105.

Please register to attend by clicking the SignUp button below. Seating is limited and we encourage you to bring a folding chair.  You must attend orientation before signing up to volunteer.  Overnight volunteer opportunities require additional training.

Click to register for our Volunteer Orientation

Our facility can be difficult to find. If you put our address in a GPS, you will end up at a soccer field.  When that happens, stay on 85th Place, head south to Roosevelt.  Turn left on Roosevelt and head towards Latham.  Turn left on Latham.  Follow Latham until you get to the parking lot for Apache Park.  We are in the old elementary school building, room 105.

To stay up to date on all Power Paws events and activities, including birth announcements for new puppies, please sign up for our newsletter here.

 

Puppy Raiser Volunteer Description
Puppy Raisers provide a safe, loving home for our puppies in training. Every puppy in training needs a home where they can receive care and attention while learning proper manners and basic obedience skills. Puppy Raising is a 12 to 15 month commitment and plays a vital role in our mission to place service dogs with people who need them.

Please Note: You must be at least 18 years old to become a Puppy Raiser. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian as a co-applicant on their Puppy Raiser application.

Financial Responsibility:
As a Puppy Raiser, you are responsible for providing the puppy with toys, basic veterinary care, working gear, and spay/neuter. Thanks to generous donations from Purina, Power Paws is able to provide Purina Pro Plan dog food to all Puppy Raisers for the entirety of their puppy’s training.

Time Commitment:
Puppy Raising is a 12 to 15 month commitment, 365/24/7. As a Puppy Raiser, you will be responsible for caring for the dog in your home, at work, and when traveling. Additionally, you and your puppy will be required to attend Power Paws facilitated training classes.

As a Puppy Raiser you must agree to do the following:

  • Provide a safe environment for a puppy under 1 year of age
  • Work with Power Paws trainers to monitor progress and comply with recommendations for the puppy’s health and success
  • Attend classes and training outings provided by Power Paws
  • Provide financially for the puppy
  • Feed the puppy a diet recommended by Power Paws
  • Provide the puppy with age appropriate socialization
  • Keep the puppy on leash at all times unless in a secured area
  • Supervise the puppy at all times when not in a crate
  • Return the puppy to Power Paws Assistance Dogs upon request

 

Puppy Sitter Volunteer Description
If you are not able to be a Puppy Raiser but would still like to have a puppy in your home, becoming a Puppy Sitter is a great option. Puppy Sitting is a short term commitment to house a puppy for a few days or a few weeks. This is flexible volunteer opportunity for those who want to help raise a service dog but are not able to commit months or years to the program. As a Puppy Sitter you do not shoulder the financial responsibility of a Puppy Raiser.

Please Note: You must be at least 18 years old to become a Puppy Sitter. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian as a co-applicant on their Puppy Sitter application.

Financial Responsibility:
As a Puppy Sitter, you are not financially responsible for the care of a puppy in training. All food, toys, and equipment will be provided to you.

Time Commitment:
Puppy Sitting is a short term commitment, as short as a few days, or as long as a few months. As a Puppy Sitter, you will be responsible for caring for the dog in your home and at work. You and your puppy may be required to attend Power Paws facilitated training classes.

As a Puppy Sitter you must agree to the following:

  • Provide a safe environment for a puppy as young as four (4) months
  • Attend classes and training outings provided by Power Paws
  • Feed the puppy a diet recommended by Power Paws
  • Provide the puppy with age appropriate socialization
  • Keep the puppy on leash at all times unless in a secured area
  • Supervise the puppy at all times when not in a crate
  • Return the puppy to Power Paws Assistance Dogs upon request

 
Advanced Training Dog Foster Description

When our puppies in training near 16 months of age, they move into advanced training. For advanced training dogs, we need volunteers to house these dogs and bring them to and from our facility Monday through Friday. These dogs have received basic and intermediate training and are expected to be well behaved with good house manners. Advanced Training Fostering is the perfect opportunity for those who would like to help raise a service dog but cannot commit to the financial responsibility or long term time commitment needed to raise a puppy. Power Paws Trainers provide all the advanced training, Advanced Training Dog Foster volunteers are not required to attend classes.

Please Note: Because Advanced Training Dogs are required to be dropped off at and picked up from our facility daily, this volunteer opportunity requires a licensed driver or someone with reliable transportation.

Financial Responsibility:
As an Advanced Training Dog Foster, you are not financially responsible for the dog in your care. All food, toys, and equipment will be provided to you.

Time Commitment:
Advanced Training Dog Fostering is a medium term commitment lasting between two (2) and six (6) months. You will be responsible for caring for the dog in your home and bringing them to and picking them up from our facility Monday through Friday. Pickup and drop off hours will usually be between 9:30am and 4:30pm though some flexibility may be an option.

As an Advanced Training Dog Foster you must agree to the following:

  • Provide a safe environment for a dog 16 months of age and older
  • Work with Power Paws Trainers to monitor progress and comply with recommendations for the dog’s success
  • Feed the dog a diet recommended by Power Paws
  • Keep the dog on leash at all times unless in a secured area
  • Supervise the dog at all times when not in a crate
  • Return the dog to Power Paws Assistance Dogs upon request