Volunteer Puppy Fosterer Application Form
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Puppy Fosterer!
We are currently recruiting families in: Dublin and Munster.

Puppy Fosterers play a vital role in the early socialisation and training of a future Assistance Dog. We would place an 8 week old puppy with you till they are 10 months old or if you prefer an older puppy they would be from 10 months to 15 months old.

You will care for the puppy with support from our Puppy Supervisor who will teach you the fundamentals of puppy socialisation and simple commands to begin the puppy’s training. You will be preparing the puppy with the skills needed to become a well-rounded dog that will go on to transform the life of a child with autism.

Being a puppy fosterer is a big commitment and can be challenging but is rewarding and fun and offers you the chance to learn new skills and meet other foster families.

We cover all costs, food, vet bills etc. and provide all the equipment you will need.

Is this volunteering role right for you?
As a volunteer Puppy Fosterer, you look after one of our puppies in your own home. 

Here are the requirements:

  • You will need to be able to offer time to dedicate to the training and care of the puppy throughout its time living with you.
  • You must live in Dublin or Munster.
  • You must be aged over 18, with the stamina and ability to manage an active puppy.
  • Ideally you need a safe, enclosed garden but we can look at this at the time of assessment.
  • You need to have access to suitable transport to take the puppy to different places for socialising and training.
  • You will need to be available for home visits, able to attend training at our puppy classes and committed to following AADI’s training methods.
  • Previous dog training experience isn’t necessary but experience with dogs is an advantage, along with good communication skills.
  • Could you deal with a puppy that needs house training and will have accidents in the house for the first few weeks whilst being trained? This will mean taking the puppy outside every half an hour during the day and getting up during the night. We do provide a crate to help with house training and support and guidance
  • Could you deal with a puppy that might chew, you will need to make your home puppy proof and move everything out of reach that is chewable e.g. shoes, phones, remote controls etc.
  • Could you deal with a puppy that will need time to settle in and during this period may be anxious and bark at night and when left alone. This can be normal for a puppy but will require you to be patient and we can offer support to help ease the puppy through this phase.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in this fantastic volunteer role. Please complete the application form and we will be in touch shortly.
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