Well-raised puppies are the lifeblood of our organization,
and it starts with you!

Most of our puppy raisers raise our puppies not just because they love dogs, but more importantly – they want to make a positive difference in the life of someone who is disabled and in need of a new leash on life!



Our puppy raisers are very special people, and we depend on them to help get our puppies off on the right paw.


Our volunteer foster families receive their puppies at eight weeks.  As a puppy raiser you will be teaching the pup about love, trust, bravery, basic obedience, and socialization.


You’ll take your pup just about everywhere you go; to movies, church, theme parks, bowling, restaurants, stores and malls!  You’ll get them used to public transportation like buses, trains and airplanes.  They can go with you on vacations and stay in any hotel with you.  You’ll show them all the things they will encounter as a service dog while you’ll be helping to open up a whole new world for someone with a disability.


Becoming a volunteer puppy raiser is a 15 to 18 month-long commitment of time, energy and love that opens your home to a future Service Dog.  Every day through care and training, puppy raisers provide the foundation puppies need to begin formal Service Dog training.  There are few things in this world more heart-warming than handing your pup’s leash over to its new partner and knowing that you’ve given a disabled handler a level of independence they didn’t have before. Where else can one person have such a direct, profound, positive impact on another person’s life?


Puppies are constantly learning during their first year of life! You’ll enjoy attending our specialized training classes along with other puppy raisers and learn to teach your puppy basic obedience commands so they learn  sit, down, stay, heel and come.   We encourage you to have as much fun as possible with your puppy!

As a volunteer Puppy Raiser most or all of your expenses are tax deductible; food, toys, and mileage to/from classes and outing are included.


CST will provide shots and will pay for rabies shot and spay/neuter.


CST is a 501(c)3 non profit organization, please refer to your tax consultant for detailed information about deductions.

Puppy raisers are supported by our Canine Support Teams Dog Training staff who arrange monthly events in a variety of settings and provide tips on care, training and manners. In addition, we offer specialized obedience classes at the CST facility.


All first-time applicants will be asked to fill out a Puppy Raiser Application and be interviewed before a puppy is placed in the home. We prefer that our raisers live in the Southern California area, but exceptions might be made under special circumstances. Children and pets in the household are a plus!


The most important trait of puppy raisers is the dedication to provide daily care to a puppy and consistency in its training. If you decide to open your home to a puppy, you will receive a Puppy Raising Manual to help you prepare for life with your Future Service Dog.

We are always in need of good tempered puppies. 


If you are a breeder who would like to donate a puppy, please contact our Puppy Raiser Instructor;

Donna Shawver @ 951-255-0302 or via email  puppyraiserinstructor@caninesupportteams.org

Canine Support Teams, Inc
Physical Address:

26500 Scott Rd
Menifee, CA 92584

Mailing Address:

PO Box 891767 

Temecula, CA  92589-1767

Phone: 951 301-3625 951 301-3625

Fax:     951 301-3605

E-mail: cstmain@caninesupportteams.org

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