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  •  Puppy Socializer
  •  Breeder Custodian
  •  Other Ways to Get Involved

Our puppy socializers make our mission of providing assistance dogs to those in need possible, and we are so grateful for their dedication to our puppies in training. Our puppies receive a majority of their training through our New Hope Prison Puppies program, and exposure to public environments and life in a home from their socializer is a crucial component for success. A socializer is assigned 4 puppies to work with one at a time each week. Puppies will range in age from 12 weeks to 18 months based on the needs of the program. Puppy socializing is an incredibly rewarding position to watch your hard work and dedication turn a young puppy into a mature assistance dog for a client needing a companion to enhance freedom and independence. Requirements for this position are:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have the ability to make approximately 3-4 trips per week to Salem, Oregon for pick-up, drop-off, dog swimming lessons, and Friday evening training class.
  • Have the ability to provide a safe, positive environment for the puppy to learn the skills necessary for assistance dog work.
  • Everyone that resides with the puppy must be willing to comply with JLAD's guidelines. While they are sweet and cuddly, they must also learn house manners and obedience skills in preparation for life as an assistance dog. Don't worry, there will be plenty of time of to play, snuggle, and pet the puppy.
  • Must abide by JLAD's training standards, regardless of past training experience. We only use positive reinforcement training, and it is essential for our puppies to be trained with these techniques.
  • Have the ability to provide food, leash, toys, basic medical expenses, bedding, kennel, and other basic puppy supplies. JLAD will supply the puppy’s extensive medical care, collar, puppy training coat, and training instruction.
  • Must be able to have the puppy accompany you to a variety of public environments as is age appropriate such as grocery stores, shopping malls, medical offices, theaters, libraries, and schools.
  • The puppy cannot be away from the handler more than 4 hours per day (2 hours if puppy is under 6 months of age). For those that work, we are able to assist with providing information to make the transition easy and successful for your employer.
  • JLAD retains ownership and all rights associated with the puppies in training. JLAD will make all decisions associated with placement, care, training, and suitability for assistance dog work. The puppy must be returned to JLAD upon request.

Please contact us for more information about becoming a Puppy Socializer.  paw print

To maintain the health and temperament of our assistance dogs, JLAD operates our breeding program under the professional expertise of the ADINA Breeding Cooperative (ABC). Our breeding dogs deliver our produce our precious little puppies that will be the future assistance dogs of JLAD.  The care and well-being of our breeding dogs is crucial, and special volunteers provide the care for these dogs. Requirements for this position:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have the ability to transport the dog to JLAD's facility in Salem, Oregon when requested. At minimum, this will be two times per month, and may be more when the dog is actively breeding or pregnant.
  • Preferably attend weekly training classes for ongoing learning for both you and the dog.
  • Able to provide a safe, positive environment for the dog to live in.
  • Everyone that resides with the dog must be willing to comply with JLAD's guidelines.
  • Must abide by JLAD’s training standards, regardless of past training experience. We only use positive reinforcement training, and it is essential for our dogs to be trained with these techniques.
  • As part of our membership with ABC, our dogs are often times sent to other organizations across the U.S. and Canada to breed with a selected mate. JLAD understands the relationship the dog and breeder custodian develop is strong, but it is essential our breeding dogs are matched with the most suitable mate. JLAD will communicate all plans to the breeder custodian once known.  Breeding dogs may be away from home for up to 6 months.
  • Ability to provide food, leash, toys, basic medical expenses, bedding, kennel, and other basic care supplies. JLAD will supply the puppy's extensive medical care, collar, and training instruction.
  • The dog cannot be away from the handler more than 5 hours per day. These dogs are not granted public access as a "Service Dog in Training."
  • JLAD retains ownership and all rights associated throughout the dog’s breeding career. JLAD will make all decisions associated with placement, care, training, and suitability for breeding. The breeding dog must be immediately returned to JLAD upon request. Once the dog is retired from breeding, JLAD will determine suitable placement options depending on the dog’s skills and age. If the dog is ready for placement to a loving pet home, the breeder custodian will have the first right for adoption, as long as JLAD sees it to be fit.
  • We prefer that breeder custodians get involved in neonatal care for the puppies. JLAD staff will provide all training and instruction to safely work with the pups and new mom.

Please contact us for more information about becoming a Breeder Custodian.  paw print

Having JLAD run smoothly requires dedication from many fabulous volunteers. Below are some sample volunteer positions we always need assistance with:

  • Administrative Duties.
  • IT Development and Support.
  • Transportation.
  • Grant writing.
  • Fundraising.
  • Marketing.
  • Media- photography, video, social media.
  • Events.
  • Professional Assistance (i.e. legal, financial, tax preparation, real estate).

If you have a skill not listed above that you would like to share with JLAD, or if you are ready to volunteer with JLAD, please contact us.  paw print