Volunteering at Power Paws

We welcome new volunteers to help us help those whose lives can be enhanced by having a comprehensively trained Assistance Dog.  We cannot do this without your help.  All Power Paws Volunteers must first attend a Volunteer Orientation interview, by appointment.  We invite you to call 480 970 1322 or email patricia@azpowerpaws.org to make a time to suit your busy schedule.

The SignUp button below will only take you to any new invitations which may be scheduled in the future.  If no Events are available, please call or email to schedule a personal interview and orientation.  Power Paws looks forward to hearing from you.

Click to register for our Volunteer Orientation

Our offices and Training Facility are located in the In Tempo Community Center at 8250 E Rose Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

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Puppy Raiser Volunteer Description

TO REQUEST THE CURRENT PUPPY RAISER/CANINE SITTER APPLICATION FORMS CALL 480 970 1322 OR EMAIL patricia@azpowerpaws.org
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 21 years of age to become a Puppy Raiser. Those under the age of 21 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

 

Canine 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 Canine Sitter is a great option. This is a short term commitment to house an Assistance Dog in Training, which may be anywhere from young puppy to two years and nearing the end of training, 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 Canine Sitter you do not shoulder the financial responsibility of a Puppy Raiser.

Please Note: You must be at least 21 years of age to become a Puppy Sitter. Those under the age of 21 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