Volunteer and Transform a Life!

Volunteer and Transform a Life!

At TLCAD, volunteers are critical to accomplishing our mission. We are deeply indebted to these amazing people. We strive to create an environment that is friendly, fulfilling, and fun for volunteers.

Our greatest area of need is for:

Puppy Raiser

Raise a puppy in your home for approximately 2-4 months, once the puppy is crate and potty trained, it will be entered into POOCH for formal training.

Attend weekly training sessions with staff to positively socialize the puppy and teach foundation behaviors.

Dog Sitter

Dog sitters are volunteers who care for TLCAD service dog candidates on a temporary and as-needed basis.

Dog sitters must have a cat-free home with dog-friendly dogs only.

Trainer Assistant

This is a 4 month commitment (minimum) where volunteers have the choice to help TLCAD staff with various training tasks. Volunteers may commit to one or more of the following:

1. Come to public training outings to help us expose our dogs to various environments.

2. Assist with other TLCAD training tasks such as our shelter assessments and home visits.

3. Assist with TLCAD marketing and other admin.

Foster Guardian

This volunteer role involves 6 weeks of housing and caring for a shelter or rescue service dog candidate during TLCAD’s rescue assessment process. Volunteers will work with our training department to observe, socialize and prepare a service dog candidate to enter our prison service dog training program. After the 6-week assessment period, TLCAD either adopts the dog to become a service candidate, or works with rescues and shelters to find a loving forever home for the dog.

The shelter dogs we are assessing need to be fostered in a cat-free home with dog-friendly dogs only.

POOCH Assistant

POOCH assistants have volunteered or apprenticed with TLCAD for a minimum of 3 months and have passed background checks conducted by the prison.  They assist staff in prison classes and help walk the dogs in & out of the prison for public outings.