Home Socialization volunteers take one or two, six to nine week old puppies into their homes for approximately two weeks.  

This special opportunity allows our future service dogs to experience the sights and sounds of a new environment while remaining close to our staff for veterinary care and assessment. All guidelines and support will be provided; no prior training necessary.  

Program Requirements

  • Live within 45 minutes of Wappingers Falls and have the ability to travel to our headquarters to pick up and drop off puppies and equipment.   
  • Care for one or two puppies for one to two weeks at a time.
  • Follow all cleaning, feeding and socialization guidelines provided.
  • Puppies should not be left alone for longer than two hours.      

Please note that Home Socialization opportunities are difficult to predict and may happen infrequently. If this isn’t a fit for you, please consider one of our other volunteer opportunities, such as sitting, puppy raising or fostering.

Home Socialization Application

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* Please indicate N/A if appropriate.
Is anyone in your home allergic to dogs?*
Our requirement for this program is that the pups not be left alone for longer than two hours.
Do you have other dogs at home?*
*Please indicate N/A if appropriate.
Have you ever observed any of your dogs bark or growl at other dogs?*
*Please indicate N/A if appropriate.
Do you have an area in your home where you could keep the pups separate from other animals?*
Are you willing to adhere to our policies on care and socialization?*
Do you live within 45 minutes of our Hopewell Junction headquarters?*
Are you comfortable with a home visit?*

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