Requirements and Application

Photograph of a Puppy Raiser with a Golden puppy.Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raisers include individuals and families who live in houses, apartments, condos, and townhouses.

The primary qualification to raise a puppy for GDA is that you have the time to properly and fully socialize the puppy as is needed.


Raisers must live in Southern California (Sylmar, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Orange County, Westside Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura or San Luis Obispo).

Raisers must have a reliable car and be willing to drive to Guide Dogs of America as needed.

Raisers must be able to attend puppy raiser meetings.

Raisers must be able to sit on the floor with the puppy.

Raisers must be able to bend, stoop, and carry 35 pounds.

Raisers must allow the puppy to sleep in a crate in their bedroom.

Raisers must teach good house manners.

Raisers must be able to attend basic obedience classes with their puppy.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America, fill out a Puppy Raisers application.

Once GDA’s puppy department receives your application, you’ll be contacted for an interview and any additional questions you may have will be answered. Find answers to commonly asked questions at Puppy Raising Q&A.

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