Become a Puppy Raiser

Our Puppy Raiser program brings people of all ages together creating a community of caring and hardworking puppy raisers. We look for potential puppy raisers in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley and Washington’s Puget Sound region who are willing to dedicate their time to help us build a solid foundation for these future Assistance Dogs.

Our puppy raisers receive a puppy at 8 weeks of age and continue to raise the puppy until it is 14 months of age. During their time raising, they attend basic obedience classes with their puppies. They also go on public outings to expose the puppies to a multitude of different environments. After the year of raising and training, the puppies are ready to return to Dogs for Better Lives to begin their next step towards becoming an Assistance Dog.

Our puppy raisers are integral to what we do. We are just as committed to them as they are to our organization, and together we create a community dedicated to helping others. As we continue to grow as an organization, so will the rapidly increasing need for puppy raisers. The more dogs we rescue or puppies that are raised, the more people we can serve.

Thinking of helping us change lives? Apply today!


  • Must not have more than two dogs, and they must be over two years of age.
  • Must have the ability to attend all puppy classes.
  • Willingness to learn from our trainers and use our methods of training.
  • Must have the time to dedicate to raising a foster puppy.
  • Must have patience and understanding.
  • Must have experience raising a puppy and be knowledgeable in common puppy behaviors e.g. chewing, digging, barking, etc.
Initial Application

Foster a Dog – T.A.G. Program


Foster a dog through our T.A.G. Program! Fostering is a great way to help our dogs through various stages of their stay with Dogs for Better Lives. We have three categories available so that you can choose one that best fits your lifestyle.

T stands for a transitional home for our newly recruited assistance dogs before they are transported to southern Oregon for professional training. Most of our dogs are recruited from a shelter environment and benefit strongly from time in a foster home to ease with this transition.

A stands for assisting a dog currently in professional training at our center in southern Oregon. Some of our dogs find kennel life stressful, providing a short-term home while they are still in training to become a certified assistance dog can make all the difference. This is a great opportunity if you live close by the Dogs for Better Lives facility.

G stands for giving a post training home to one of our career change dogs awaiting adoption. The assistance dog career isn’t always the path for every dog – with basic training from our certified trainers, these dogs make wonderful family pets! This category requires the flexibility to transport dogs to/from Dogs for Better Lives for meet and greets with adopters.

Why joining our T.A.G Program is right for you:

  • You can make an important contribution to Dogs for Better Lives by helping our dogs be the best they can be!
  • You are willing to communicate with our staff and have the patience and desire to work with a young, active dog in our program.
  • Dogs for Better Lives is responsible for all veterinary care of the dog
Initial Application

Volunteer Opportunities

National Ambassadors

Volunteer opportunities where YOU live! We are seeking volunteers that would like to help promote Dogs for Better Lives through fundraising events, interviews, promotions, festivals, and social media.

Ambassadors serve as representatives of Dogs for Better Lives in their local area/region. They give presentations to a variety of groups telling them about our special work. Ambassadors are entrusted with the responsibility of representing Dogs for Better Lives in a professional manner and raising the awareness of our mission and programs.

Ambassadors also have the unique opportunity to conduct applicant interviews where they have the opportunity to meet with prospective clients on a personal level. As an Ambassador Interviewer, you will perform and record the interview for Dogs for Better Lives. Functioning in this capacity for the organization allows you to meet the people we serve and save the organization a considerable amount of funds. On average, an interview carried out by an Ambassador saves Dogs for Better Lives 65% over a staff-performed interview.

  • Table a booth and/or present at a local school, community event, or conference
  • Perform in-house interviews with prospective clients, in collaboration with Dogs for Better Lives Client Services
  • Promote Dogs for Better Lives with your local community groups (Lions, Good Sam Clubs, Kiwanis, Rotary, 4-H Club…)
  • Organize a local fundraising event benefitting Dogs for Better Lives

To learn more about where our current Ambassadors volunteer their time and outreach to their respective communities across the U.S., visit our online Impact Map.

Apply to Become Ambassador

Kennel Volunteer

Do you live in southern Oregon? We are always looking for dedicated people to spend time at our Central Point, Oregon facility with our dogs in training to supervise them at play, taking them for walks, and simply spending one-on-one time with our dogs.

The Kennel Volunteer Training Program consists of 1 day a week for four weeks on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 PM. After you’ve received your training, your time here will be to give lots of love and attention, which is the most important part of our volunteer program!

We only ask that Volunteers be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week for at least one year. As a part of the process we will set up a time for you to come in for a brief interview with our Volunteer Coordinator so we can get to know you and answer any questions that you may have about volunteering here at Dogs for Better Lives, as well any questions that the Volunteer Coordinator may have.

Apply to become a Kennel Volunteer

Office Volunteers

Utilize your unique skills to help make a vital impact on Dogs for Better Lives’ mission through our Local Volunteer program. We are seeking office volunteers to assist with data entry, updating records, and many other office projects. We will set a schedule based on your availability to work with our team on site on our computers.

Essential requirements are:

  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Some knowledge of databases and data entry
  • Customer service skills and comfortable speaking on the phone
  • Detail-oriented
  • Candidates must be 18 years old or older and have available hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 to 4:30
  • Must provide own transportation
  • Excellent penmanship a plus
Apply to become an Office Volunteer

Canine Recruiter

Dogs for Better Lives is currently looking for Volunteer Canine Recruiters (VCR) to assist staff in searching for and identifying rescue dogs at shelters.

Once an application and interview have successfully been completed, volunteers will be trained by DBL staff to visit shelters on the west coast to assess suitable dogs for DBL’s Assistance Dog programs that could potentially be secured by our rescue team. Canine Recruiters will go out independently and assist DBL in being our “eyes and ears” in early identification of shelter dogs.

Apply to become a Volunteer Canine Recruiter

Schedule A Tour

Tours are available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pm and must be scheduled in advance.

We encourage out-of-town visitors and local residents to learn more about the special work we do by taking a FREE tour of our training facility. The tour is approximately 1-hour in length and includes a video, a live demonstration with one of our demo dogs, and a brief walking tour to view our dog kennels, play yards and our second training facility. After the tour, you can purchase Dogs for Better Lives merchandise from our on-site or online gift shop.

* 2019 Holiday closures:

  • Tuesday, Jan 1st
  • Monday, Feb 18th
  • Monday, May 27th
  • Thursday, July 4th
  • Monday, Sep 2nd
  • Thursday, November 28th
  • Friday, November 29th
  • Tuesday, December 24th
  • Wednesday, December 25th

Directions:  We’re easy to find! Click HERE for map and directions.

Group tours:  We can accommodate your group of up to 10 people. Please call us in advance so that we make the necessary arrangements to ensure your group’s comfort.

Parking: Bus and RV parking is available.

Accessibility: Dogs for Better Lives is accessible to people with disabilities. Although we do not have a licensed ASL interpreter on site, please call ahead to let us know if you need an interpreter for your tour. We will make arrangements to have one available for your scheduled tour time.

Contact Number: (541) 826-9220

Schedule Tour

Schedule A Presentation

Dogs for Better Lives (DBL) receives hundreds of requests annually to present about our award-winning programs. Each invitation we receive is carefully reviewed before a decision is made regarding DBL’s participation. Before completely filling out and submitting the below form, please keep the following points in mind.

  • Please provide us with a minimum of 6-8 weeks advance notice of DBL’s desired participation in your event.
  • Be complete with your information provided in the below inquiry form.
  • Once submitted, we will make every effort to follow-up with you and confirm receipt of your inquiry within 3 business working days.

When it’s not possible for a DBL staff member to participate directly, there could be an opportunity for a DBL National Ambassador or a Board Member to attend.  Factors that can impact a decision to not participate could be: geographical location of event, time of year, and/or other commitments going on simultaneously.

Schedule Presentation