Help us raise our puppies

Volunteer puppy fosterers, boarders and our breeding dog holders play a very important role in helping us achieve our mission. Puppies and dogs thrive in a home enviroment so we do not have or use kennel facilities. This also means we can keep our overheads as low as possible allowing us to utilise more of our rescources into delivering our mission.

PLEASE NOTE: At the moment we are only operating our puppy foster care programme and breeding program in the Munster region however we are now taking applications from people located in the Dublin area with the view to expanding our puppy foster care programme to include Dublin in the coming months.   

Puppy Foster Volunteer

Every puppy is reared and socialised by loving volunteers in the puppy foster care programme for the first 12 - 15 months of their training journey. 

This is a vital role to our service providing a solid foundation for our puppies before their formal training.

Puppy Foster Carer Criteria

No experience is needed but you must meet the following criteria

  • Do you have time to care for, feed and train a puppy under the guidance of our Puppy Foster Care Supervisor

  • Are you at home for the majority of the day - puppies can’t be left alone for more than 2 hours

  • Do you have time to spend on different activities, taking the puppy into different environments. The puppies wear a jacket and have access to public places

  • Do you have a secure enclosed garden

  • You must be allowed to have a dog in your home – we will need written permission if it is rented accommodation

  • Do you drive or have access to a car and are willing to get the dog to a vet in a case of emergency.

  • It is fine if you have other dogs but they would have to be walked separately from the puppy.

We cover all costs including veterinary fees and food and equipment are provided.

If you would like to get involved in this rewarding role and can commit to training a puppy to be a life line to a child with autism and their family, then we would love to hear from you. 

Puppy & Dog boarding volunteer

As we don't use kennels for our dogs and puppies, we look for kind hearted dog lovers for both long and short term boarding. If you feel a 6-12month commitment is too long as a puppy fosterer, then this could be the opportunity that you are looking for. 

Long term boarders

Boarding still involves the same role as the puppy foster carer, ensuring that the puppy is well socialised, living in your home with your family, but boarding can be different lengths of time, depending on what you feel you can genuinely offer

Short term boarders

This is to cover holiday periods for puppies with foster carers and could be for a weekend or one to two week period.

Evening and weekend boarders

This role involves taking the assistant dog in training when they are not working.  This is usually for evenings and weekends.  It is essential that you live close in Blarney or Carrigaline and surrounding areas of Cork so that the assistance dogs do not have to travel long distances.  Our head office is in Mallow!

Breeding dog holders

Why become a Brood Bitch Holder?

Being a brood bitch holder will mean that you get a well socialised dog to live with you as part of your family.

You will be helping us to continue our work by raising more puppies that will go on to be life changers

What does the role involve?

You will have the opportunity to raise litters of puppies under the guidance of our staff.

This is a rewarding but demanding role during the whelping process.

The pups will live in your home from birth to 8 weeks before being placed on our Puppy Foster Care Programme.

You will follow a programme with the pups from 3 days old ensuring they have the best start in life.

What support will you receive?

Regular ongoing support and guidance

We provide all equipment, food, veterinary costs etc

Who can become a Brood Bitch Holder

You do not need to have any prior experience, as all of the relevant support and training will be provided.

However, to care for one of our breeding stock you must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in the Munster region

  • Be a dog lover and have a calm and caring disposition

  • Have time to devote to the brood and her litter. The time needed changes prior to whelping and when she has a litter of puppies

  • Have space within the home for the brood bitch and her litter

  • Have access to a car and be willing to drive the brood bitch on essential journeys such as vets appointments and pre-mating tests as required

  • Have good communication skills

Are you ready to be a part of a puppies journey to becoming a life changing autism assistance dog? Complete the form below and a member of our team will be in contact with further details on how to apply.

I confirm that I am over 18 years of age and I have permission to keep a dog within my home (written permission required if you are living in rental accomodation).

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