Our single biggest volunteer need is foster homes, both long and short term.  They are the backbone of our organization, and we couldn’t do our work without them.


Long-term foster homes help raise our puppies.  If you have the time required to train and care for a dog and a desire to help change a life, we welcome you to apply to become a puppy raiser.  As a puppy raiser, we need you to attend regular training classes, devote 15-20 minutes each day to training, and care for the dog’s routine needs, including feeding, grooming, exercise and socialization.  We will give you lots of support in return.

While it isn’t easy turning in a pup after nurturing it through its formative months, most of our puppy raisers have done it over and over again.  They say that the reward of seeing a service dog transform someone’s life far outweighs the letting go. 

Short-term foster homes provide respite care for puppy raisers, care for dogs while they are on break from our prison program, and care for dogs released from our program while we wait to place them in forever homes.  Dogs could be placed in these homes for a few days to a few weeks. 

To become a highly valued Summit foster home, please request an application form: info@summitdogs.org.


Other Volunteer Opportunities

We also have occasional needs for volunteers to help with fundraising activities, mailings, office support, work parties and other needs.  If you would like to participate in some of these volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at info@summitdogs.org.