Change a Life: Raise a puppy for Canine Partners for Life

February 5th, 2017


You can help change the life of an individual with a disability by raising a puppy for Canine Partners for Life (CPL)! CPL trains and places service dogs to assist individuals with a wide variety of physical and cognitive disabilities. Each dog is taken through a two-year, comprehensive and customized training program to meet the specific needs of their human partner. All puppies are raised by volunteers for their first year of life and CPL is in need of more volunteers willing to take on this significant and rewarding job.

Puppy home volunteers care for a CPL puppy starting at eight weeks and ending around fifteen months. The volunteers are responsible for housebreaking, crate training, teaching their puppy basic obedience commands, socializing it in public every day, attending regular vet visits, and participating in two training classes per month held at CPL’s facility in Cochranville, PA. Once the puppy is approximately fifteen months old, he/she will return to CPL for their second year of training. At the end of two years, the dog is placed with an individual who has a disability and will provide independence for years to come.

Prior dog handling/training experience is not required. CPL staff will guide you through the process and is always available to help. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer puppy home, please visit CPL’s website,, to complete a volunteer application or call 610-869-4902 for more information.

Provided by:
Canine Partners for Life