Give the gift of fostering a future service dog and help a child with autism in need today!
Apply here: Puppy Raiser Application
Interested foster volunteer-applicants are required to submit a foster application form, references and complete a successful interview with an ADS staff member to be considered for the program.
Foster volunteers must reside in Southwestern Ontario (Guelph, K/W/Cambridge, Hamilton, Brantford and areas in this circle) and have availability to exercise the dog in a safe fenced-in space.
Foster families are needed to socialize and provide basic training to puppies for approximately 12-18 months prior to any formal training with ADS trainers. The key purpose of the foster puppy program is to socialize and train puppies to prepare them for their lives as service dogs. Volunteer foster puppy raisers are responsible for taking ADS puppies out in public in their service dog jacket often to expose the puppies to unfamiliar environments such as shopping malls, movie theatres, parks, playgrounds, buses, trains, grocery stores and also around people of different ages, and other animals, etc. It is critical that foster families expose the puppies to the sights, sounds and smells they will encounter as service dogs. Foster families are also responsible for maintaining puppy health care by scheduling and transporting the puppy to routine veterinary appointments. ADS provides routine veterinary care to all puppies in training at no cost to the foster families.
Foster families are provided with puppy food, donated by Eukanuba and necessary training equipment. Puppy training/socialization classes are held in central areas for foster families to receive formal puppy training. The program is supported by ADS staff and key volunteers.
Foster families will have the opportunity to meet the child and family who receives the service dog they raised at the ADS annual graduation.