The puppies in our training program will change lives one day. Until then, they need individuals, couples or families to volunteer to raise a service dog puppy in their home for up to 24 months. A loving, committed foster family is the key to a puppy’s success in becoming a life-long partner and helpmate for a person with a disability who might otherwise never experience the level of mobility and independence a service dog offers.
Socialization and tolerance of children and other animals (dogs, cats, birds, etc.) are important aspects of a service dog’s training. It takes a dedicated foster family to help shape a great service dog, but a great dog overall.
Carolina Canines offers the foster trainer program in Wilmington, NC.
Foster puppy parents must commit to the following:
CFS trainers provide group and individual
training sessions at weekly classes and are available to offer advice
and guidance 24 hours a day.
Giving up a puppy after it has been a part of a foster family for 24
months is not easy - but it can be done. Foster families have the
opportunity to meet individuals who have service dogs and learn what a
difference a service dog makes in their lives.
- Provide indoor shelter, food, water, grooming, care and humane treatment to meet the basic needs of the puppy
- Attend training classes and socialization outing with the puppy as scheduled and follow CFS training guidelines and protocol
- Promote the mission of CFS by providing community education regarding disability awareness and service dog information as the opportunities arise when out in public with their service dog puppy
- Financial responsibility for any and all food, supplies and veterinary care the puppy requires while in their care; they may seek sponsors for this support.
- Understand that the puppy belongs to CFS and the requirement to relinquish the puppy and any equipment or supplies belonging to the program immediately upon notice.
ask individuals interested in fostering a service dog in training to
attend two (2) consecutive classes prior to a puppy being provided by
Carolina Canines. Classes are held in Wilmington, North Carolina.
If you are interested in becoming a foster puppy parent and live in the area click here to complete a Volunteer Application.