Make a difference. Become a volunteer.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we are extremely grateful for all of our volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to our mission each and every day. Volunteers are required to be 13 years of age or older. If you are interested in volunteering with our program, we are currently in need of volunteers to help with the following roles:
Community Puppy Home
Puppy homes are responsible for raising a CPL puppy, for three months, 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 also required to attend at least two puppy training classes per month (held at CPL). Volunteers can raise a puppy from 2 to 5 months of age and then finish training a puppy from 11 to 14 months of age, or can choose to only raise younger puppies from 2 to 5 months of age or raise older puppies from 11 to 14 months of age. For this volunteer role, individuals under the age of 18 must have an adult in the home trained as well.
Temporary Puppy Home
Temporary puppy homes provide back-up support for our full-time puppy homes. 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. In the event of a longer stay, the volunteer may need to attend puppy classes. It is a great way to experience the rewards of puppy raising and make a significant contribution to CPL without making the full three month commitment.
We are also in need of temporary puppy homes to assist with our Prison Puppy Raising Program. Volunteers who work with our prison program are trained to take the puppies out of the correctional facilities for a night or weekend to assist with the puppy’s training and socialization in public locations. We work with the following correctional facilities: MCIJ, SCI Albion, SCI Greene, SCI Huntingdon, SCI Laurel Highlands, SCI Muncy, SCI Smithfield, SCI Somerset. If you are located near one of these facilities and are interested in volunteering with our Prison Puppy Raising Program, please click here to download the volunteer application.
To be a temporary puppy home, individuals under the age of 18 must have an adult in the home trained as well.
Whelping Assistants help with the CPL breeding program by caring for our moms and their litters of puppies during their first eight weeks of life. CPL puppies are whelped on the CPL facility. Volunteers are responsible for assisting with the care of the moms before and after labor. This involves taking the moms out for walks, feeding them meals and monitoring their health. Whelping assistants are also responsible for weighing and monitoring the puppies, cleaning the puppy pens, and, of course, providing many cuddles and kisses! Volunteer shifts are typically between 2–4 hours long and volunteer support is needed 24 hours per day. If you are under the age of 18 and are interested in assisting with this volunteer role, you must have a trained adult volunteer with you.
If you are interested in volunteering for one of these roles, please fill out the application below. If you have questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610–869‑4902 ext. 229. Thank you for your interest in our program!