Becoming a Puppy Raiser is one way to volunteer. Other opportunities include assistance from painters, carpenters, plumbers, individuals capable of doing odd jobs, yard work, mailings, tour guides, playing with puppies at the Canine Housing Unit and much more. Maybe you could assist in driving less mobile friends to events and graduation ceremonies.

If the work of our organization speaks to your heart and motivates you to share information about it, then maybe you would like to make presentations on our behalf at clubs, libraries or organizations. If you are a veterinarian, then the opportunity to volunteer your services for check ups and medical needs for the puppies exist.

If you would like to volunteer or want to learn more, please contact the KSDS office at 785-325-2256 or email us. There are opportunities for all ages.

Puppy Raisers

A puppy raiser is responsible for teaching the puppy basic obedience, house and public manners, and socialization. The puppy raiser is also responsible for the veterinary care of the pup. However, many veterinarians will provide a discount or donate services because the puppy is in training to become an assistance dog.

Puppy raisers are given the opportunity to meet the individual with whom the dog is partnered. They also receive the privilege of presenting the new team to the general public at graduation.

Learn more about becoming a puppy raiser

Apply to become a puppy raiser

For more information, contact Deb Tegethoff, Puppy Raiser Manager at 785-325-2256, ext. 106 or 

Did you know?

  • KSDS has had puppy raisers in 15 different states! See the blue states in the map below.

  • Most new puppy raisers say the reason they found out about KSDS and become a puppy raiser was because they met another KSDS puppy raiser!
  • Less than 10% of every dollar KSDS receives goes to administrative costs. This means over 90% of every donation goes to helping people with disabilities become more independent through canine assistance.
  • KSDS places assistance dogs throughout the United States. KSDS has placed over 500 dogs since its inception with teams in 33 states.
  • KSDS was the first school in the United States to train both guide dogs and service dogs at the same facility.
  • KSDS is very proud to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International.
  • Each litter born is named based on a theme.

Support Groups

Although the Puppy Raisers are spread throughout the United States, they strive to be there for each other. One way they do so is by creating support groups.

There are active groups in a variety of areas in Kansas including Wichita, Lawrence, the Kansas City area, and Manhattan. There is also a support group in Iowa.