Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer Puppy Parent for one of our Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH) service dogs in training! Puppy Parents play a crucial role in in the life of a service dog by socializing the dog to new environments, experiences, and people. Puppies’ minds are like sponges and the experiences that a service dog has early in life are critical to its later development and behavior. Not only will raising a service puppy be fun and exciting for you, it helps us to further our mission to provide highly trained service dogs to service members and veterans with disabilities. The ages of the dogs range from ~4 months to ~2 years.
Puppy Parents are volunteers and Paws for Purple Hearts will provide some of the items necessary to raise a puppy in your home, such as a leash, harness, and food. Any other items purchased for the puppy are considered a tax-deductible in-kind donation to Paws for Purple Hearts. Please notify PPH staff if you would like a receipt.
Following is an overview of the responsibilities of a Puppy Parent for our organization. To apply, please review the Responsibilities and Qualifications tabs and continue to fill out the application on the following pages.
The schedule and length of time the puppy is in your care depends on the puppy, our needs, and your situation. Depending on these factors, a puppy parent schedule may look like one of these options:
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