Complete our online application. Once submitted, you will receive an automated confirmation message with more information about the process and next steps. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
Applications should be advised that puppy raisers may be asked to attend orientation, training classes, or to shadow a current raiser. Another important step in the process will be scheduling a home visit conducted by one of our staff or volunteers.
Please be patient throughout the process of becoming a puppy raiser. Our goal is to set the puppy and the raiser up for success by matching the raiser based on the puppy’s temperament and the raiser’s lifestyle. If you are approved as a raiser it may take some time for the right puppy to come along. The wait will be worth it!
Volunteer Handlers play an important role in our program. Volunteer handlers are responsible for attending outings and acting as stand-in puppy raisers.
Foliage Retrievers does not train dogs that are already owned by individuals. We are unable to make referrals to other organizations. Please contact Assistance Dogs International for information about other organizations who may be able to help.
Foliage Retrievers does not have a program for emotional support or comfort animals nor does it train such animals. We are unable to make referrals and suggest talking to a trainer in your area who may be able to help.