Puppy Raiser Application

We appreciate your interest in raising a puppy to be a future Guide Dog. Please review our requirements before filling out the application. Raisers must live in the Southern or Central California area. Individuals in some areas of Washington state and Oregon may also puppy raise.

Prospective puppy raisers download


If under 18, name of adult




Zip Code*

Home Telephone*

Cell Telephone

Work Telephone

Your Email*

Will someone be home during the day to feed and care for the puppy?

Give a brief description of the amount of time you can devote to the care and education of the puppy.

Do you work?
If so, are you able to take the puppy to work with you?

Do you work from home?

Do you go to school?

Describe your daily schedule.

Describe your family's activities.

Do you have a reliable car and are you able and willing to drive to GDA for veterinary needs, required classes, and regular kenneling requirements?

Are you able to lift and carry 35 pounds?

Is the family willing to participate in area meetings, classes, and other GDA activities?

Is the entire family enthusiastic about the placement of a puppy in the home?

Will one person assume primary responsibility for the care of the puppy?

Is any member of the family allergic to or afraid of dogs?

Will family allow puppy to be in the house, and to sleep in the bedroom?

How long has it been since you’ve raised a puppy?

Do you currently have pets in the home?

If yes, what species/breed/age??

Do you have a fenced yard?

Do you have a preference as to the breed or sex of the puppy? (We use Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds)

How did you hear about Guide Dogs of America?

Please feel free to give us any other information about yourselves or your family.

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