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VMF Puppy Raiser or Puppy Sitter

Volunteer Puppy Raisers are needed — helping to raise puppies for VMF will enable us to provide service dogs to veterans with physical and mental health challenges.

Raise a PuppyRole of Puppy Raiser

Puppy raisers receive a VMF Assistance Dog in Training (ADIT) at 8 weeks of age and incorporate the puppy as part of their family which involves teaching good social skills and manners. Puppy raisers are required to attend weekly training classes until 6 months of age then biweekly classes until the ADIT is placed with a Veteran. Periodic assessments with VMF staff are also required. The ADIT is placed with their Veteran partner at approximately 20 months of age. More information about our training can be found here.

VMF Puppy Sitter

Puppy sitters offer the VMF puppy the opportunity to experience different home environments and surroundings that they may encounter as a service dog. The puppy sitter is an individual who cannot commit to the full time raising of a VMF puppy. Attending VMF training classes and outings while at the puppy sitter’s home is required.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a VMF puppy raiser or puppy sitter please download and complete the Puppy Raiser/Sitter application. Please complete and send to admin@vetsfwd.org

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Raise a PuppyVMF’s Therapy Dogs provide opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational and/or therapeutic benefits to enhance the quality of life of veterans in recovery and rehabilitation, or those who are seriously ill or confined. VMF Therapy teams visit with veterans or work alongside clinicians treating veterans.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a VMF Therapy Dog team please download and complete the Therapy Dog application. Please complete and send to admin@vetsfwd.org

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We are seeking volunteers that are responsible, committed and compassionate, and who truly want to make a difference in the life of our nation’s disabled veterans. We need friendly, professional, personable volunteers to help with outreach and fundraising events, and so much more. You must be 18 years of age to volunteer with our organization.

If you are interested in volunteering with VMF please download and complete the Volunteer application. Please complete and send to admin@vetsfwd.org

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