America's VetDogs (AVD)
Service Dog (Veterans), Facility Dog, Guide Dog
Lab/Golden Crosses, Goldens, Labs
Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania
Must live near one of the Prison Programs.
The organization provides:
Flea and Tick Preventatives
Starter Bag of Food
Raisers pay for:
Supplies & Financial
Basic obedience commands, Socialization, Loose leash walking, Potty training, Public access behavior, Self-control around distractions, Grooming
Note: Raisers in the PTSD Trial Program teach more advanced cues.
2 Online Videos with quizzes
A few classes
Home Vist and Interview
Raisers attend at least 1-2 meetings a month.
Puppy raisers either transport their dogs to HQ or meet a transport van to send their dogs "In For Training".
Raisers get monthly updates from the trainer while the dog is IFT.
Puppy Raisers are invited to a video call with their dog's handler a few days before they are set to graduate.
Pre-pandemic AVD offered in-person graduation for teams, puppy raisers, and sponsors at HQ. However, there is currently no plan to resume this in person or virtually.
Graduates choose whether they would like to stay in contact with raisers and are given their contact information 3 months after graduation.
Raisers only have the puppies on weekends and the puppies are raised in prisons by inmate handlers during the week.
There is a pilot program for full-time raising typically available for repeat raisers. These raisers teach more advanced cues.
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