Puppy Foster Volunteer

(COPE Service Dogs)

Position ID: V-BAR0084
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Last Full Update: 11 Feb 2021

Opportunity Details: Puppy Foster Volunteer

Contact Peggy Lee, Program Director, COPE Service Dogs; Phone: 705-734-COPE (2673) ext 223; Email: peggy@copedogs.org
Duties Purpose of the Position: Join the team to change the lives of people with disabilities and youth who are experiencing challenges by providing a loving home and obedience training to a Service Dog-in-training during its puppyhood. 
Responsibilities and Duties: 
- Raise a confident and responsive puppy. 
- Care for the dog’s needs according to guidelines from COPE. 
- Provide consistent structure, rules and boundaries to the dog according to training from COPE. 
- Provide obedience training and socialization to the dog. 
- Transport the dog to and from its training programs: Canines in the Classroom (Innisfil) or Refinement Training (Barrie). Multiple pick up/drop off locations in Barrie and Innisfil by COPE van is available. 
- Support from Puppy Sitter Volunteer network is available for vacations or emergencies. 
- Dog food, routine veterinary care, one dog crate, walking harness and leash are provided by COPE. 
The application process takes time and training space is limited, please submit your application now to allow enough time to set up a home interview and ensure a training spot is reserved for you upon the approval of your application. 
COVID Protocol: 
Interviews are done by phone and via web conferencing software. Training are done virtually with in-person portion with dogs in open air locations, no physical contact and keeping proper physical distance when provincial guidelines allow us to do so.
Benefits Dog food, routine veterinary care, dog crate, walking harness and leash are provided by COPE. 
Support from Puppy Sitter Volunteer network. 
Free training.
Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Areas of Interest Animal Services ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Therapy ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual ; Youth Engagement
Skills/Experience Friendly & Outgoing ; No prior experience with dogs is required
Commitment Length Until October 15, 2022 
This is a one year commitment - young or 1-year old puppies are available this summer/fall after you have completed the introductory training.
Interaction Level Small Group ; Virtual Volunteering - due to COVID protocol
Location Barrie
Number of Positions Barrie: 8 individual(s) 
8 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Scheduled training - Introductory training weekend 9 am - 1 pm on a Sat and Sun ; Training on-going - Weekly on Wednesday evening for the first 8 weeks, then bi-weekly ; Contact COPE about when the next training session will be held.
Transportation Car required - To pick up dog food, crate and access training/field trip locations
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (Level 2)
Start Date On or after 01 May 2020

Agency Details: COPE Service Dogs

Office Phone 705-734-2673, (705-734-COPE)
E-Mail info@copedogs.org
Website copedogs.org/
Address & Map
Barrie by the Bay
80 Bradford St, Suite 223
Barrie, ON
Canada L4N 6S7
Mailing Address Cope Service Dogs 
PO Box 20035 
Barrie, ON 
Canada L4M 6E9