Yes, that four legged ball of adorable fluff is actually a volunteer opportunity. Puppies that grow up to be working dogs often need someone to raise them until they are old enough for specialized training. Seeing eye dogs and PTSD dogs need a home until they are old enough for their training to begin in earnest, and even then they still need somewhere to rest weary paws. Guiding Eyes
is an organization that provides seeing eye dogs and uses volunteers to raise their puppies and handle the initial training. K9’s For Warriors
trains a mix of dogs rescued from kill shelters and donated puppies to become PTSD dogs for injured veterans. They also need volunteers to help foster the dogs that will go on to save veterans’ lives. Before committing to be a foster puppy parent, be sure to review the organization’s requirements. Some organizations insist that volunteers live within so many miles of the organization’s regional headquarters or that volunteers attend certain classes before fostering a four legged friend.