Breeder caretakerBreeder dogs and their puppies are the foundation of our organization. And it’s our volunteer breeder caretakers that allow us to have such exceptional results.

When Becky Hanson first heard about our volunteer puppy raising and breeder caretaker opportunities, she thought, “Breeder caretaker and puppy raisers?? What are they, and please tell me more!”

Becky continues, “OK, so the puppy thing got me hooked, but the more I learned about the Canine Companions vision to provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities, the more I knew I had to get involved. By the end of that next week, I was puppy raising one of those puppies, who is now my breeder, Kanga.”

Breeder caretakers are our amazing volunteers who take care of our male and female breeder dogs. They also care for the newborn puppies for the 8 weeks after they are born. It is a fulfilling, joyful, challenging, and life-changing endeavor.

“What I find most rewarding is that through Kanga, I can provide a whole litter of puppies with the potential to be assistance dogs,” Becky shares.Breeder caretaker2

When asked what she would tell people who are considering being a volunteer breeder caretaker for Canine Companions, Becky says, “Do it!!! Truly it has been one of the most joyous things I have ever done. Also, you are not alone. The Canine Companions community is available to help with whatever you need.”

Thank you Becky for your dedication, love, and efforts towards our mission.

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