Little Angels is seeking individuals and families who are willing to volunteer their time to foster our service dogs in training!
Fostering a Little Angels Service Dog is an incredible opportunity! Not only do you get to learn how to help train specialized dogs, but you get to interact with numerous lovable, four-legged friends; not to mention helping change the lives of those with disabilities. If you are interested but are worried about the time commitment, look at the options below.
- Long Term Fosters: Our Long Term Fosters will commit to keeping a dog for a period of 2 months or longer. They will receive their dog in training along with a lesson and all the necessary supplies. The fosters will return to the ranch for lessons and check-ups on the dog once every 2 months. The dog in training will stay with the foster full-time for the term of the foster period, but can come back to the ranch for boarding or vacations as needed. At the end of the term the dog in training will either go to a new foster for more training or move back to the ranch to finish its advanced training.
- Weekend Fosters: Our weekend Fosters will commit to bringing a dog into their home at least two weekends every month. They will receive all the supplies and training that a regular foster receives, however, they will come to our ranch to pick up their dog in training late Friday afternoons and keep the dog through Sunday.
Applicants for this program should:
*Have a love for dogs.
*Display a patient and professional demeanor.
*Have a desire to assist others.
*Be willing to learn.
*Show a POSITIVE attitude.
Accepted Fosters Must be Willing to:
- Provide a loving, safe environment to house the dog. Apartments are acceptable.
- Attend private instructional classes at our kennel in Jamul, California (County of San Diego), or at our ranch in Bartlett, New Hampshire at least once every two months.
- Take the dog out into public settings a minimum of 3 times per week.
- Examples of outings include: the grocery store, restaurants, movie theaters, malls and parks.
Each Accepted Foster Receives:
Healthy, temperament tested puppies and/or young adult dogs to foster within their home.
Paid medical for their foster dogs.
A dog crate, bowls, leash, collars and toys for their foster dogs.
Regular instruction on dog training and behavioral management.
Continuous support and guidance.
The blessing of assisting the disabled through their efforts.
Our program is successful because fosters receive a private instructional class with each new dog or puppy taken into their care. Most of our dogs graduate as working assistance dogs because they receive a broad range of socialization by living with many different fosters, in varying home environments , and are able to visit new public locations regularly. Our fosters receive skilled education and continuous support which allows our dogs to be successful.
Interested Applicants Will Follow These Steps to Apply
1) Fill out and submit a foster application by clicking the link below.
2) Applicants will be asked to attend a 2 hour group interview and introductory class.
3) We will schedule a home inspection to ensure the safety of the dogs while living in your home. We can offer suggestions to make sure your living space is prepared for your new furry house guest.
4) Approved applicants will then attend two separate instructional classes. These classes are 4 hours in length and will be held on two consecutive Saturdays.
5) Our educated and prepared fosters will then be scheduled to pick up their first dog and attend a 1 hour instructional class designed specifically for that dog. There will be an additional 1 hour class for each additional dog received. This allows each dog to be treated as an individual.