Linda and Michael*
Linda returned to CPL for her second service dog, Michael, when Roxy, her CPL partner of 11 years began to slow down. Initially she had thought perhaps that she …
Community Puppy Homes are a key element of CPL’s program, and they devote a huge amount of time, patience, and dedication in their role of first year puppy parents. Puppy homes typically care for a puppy-in-training starting at eight weeks and ending at fourteen months. During that one-year period, they are responsible for raising the puppy in accordance with all CPL policies and procedures, including housebreaking, crate training, vet visits, reinforcing good manners, teaching basic obedience commands, and socializing the puppy in public locations every day. Puppy homes are required to attend at least two puppy training classes a month (held at CPL). Serving as a puppy home is a full time commitment that could be considered similar to raising or providing foster care for a child. The time investment is significant, but the rewards are amazing!
Qualifications: Prior dog handling/obedience training experience is a plus, but not required. Must have the physical ability to handle puppies as well as large, strong dogs safely.
Temporary Puppy Homes provide back-up support for our full-time puppy homes. At various times during the year, a puppy home may need someone else to care for their puppy due to a travel commitment, illness, or other conflict with providing 24-hour care for the puppy. In addition, we sometimes need homes to provide short term care for CPL puppies being raised in our Prison Puppy Raising Program who need some community home experience. That’s where Temporary Puppy Homes step in and help. The time frame can be as short as overnight or as long as several weeks, depending on the individual situation. Temporary puppy homes are expected to continue the puppy’s training and socialization schedule while caring for the puppy in their home and to attend puppy classes in the event of a longer stay. It is a great way to experience the rewards of puppy raising and make a significant contribution to CPL without making the one-year commitment required of full time puppy raisers.
Qualifications: (same as for Puppy Homes) Prior dog handling/obedience training experience is a plus, but not required. Must have the physical ability to handle puppies and large, strong dogs safely.
If you are interested in becoming a community puppy home please fill out our volunteer application below.