Canine Assistants
Local Volunteering

Local Volunteer Program - limited to the Atlanta area

Volunteer at Canine AssistantsVolunteers play a vital role in our day-to-day operations at Canine Assistants. We have a wonderful team of volunteers that we heavily rely on, and we're so grateful for the dedication that they show on a daily basis.

At Canine Assistants, volunteers help us greatly in all of the following areas:

  • Grooming - grooming dogs to keep them healthy and beautiful.
  • Instructional Outings - reinforcing cues and taking dogs on public outings. Outings are instrumental in exposing our dogs to a variety of environments which they will encounter when placed with a recipient.
  • Home-visits - Over night or weekend visits to help dogs acclimate to different home environments.
  • Fostering - In the foster program, volunteers are assigned a puppy at 7 weeks old that they work with a consistent basis until the dog graduates at around 18 months to 2 years old. Volunteer fosters provide invaluable help to the dog instructing staff with socialization, exercise, and basic training, but they do not keep the dog on a full-time basis.
  • Nursery Team - Daily care and upkeep of our 0-7 week old puppies. Nursery team volunteers take the baby puppies on "mini" outings and work on socialization as well.
  • Animal Assisted Education and Therapy -
    • Give informational presentations about Canine Assistants to community organizations, education facilities, which includes a disability awareness presentations for children
    • Participate in animal assisted therapy sessions at assisted living facilities, hospitals, and physical rehabilitation centers
    • Participate in the K-9 Kids Reading Program
  • Special events - staff informational tables or booths and participate in fundraisers.
  • Cleaning and maintenance - helping us stay neat and tidy by cleaning crates, kennels, and yards. Also helping with special maintenance and grounds keeping projects.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and are required to attend an orientation and four days of introductory lecture/handling classes. Participants must attend all five events to move forward with the certification process. After the introductory orientation and classes, new volunteers will take bathing, handling, and outing classes given by the Volunteer Coordinator. Upon approval of the Volunteer Coordinator, new volunteers will join the ranks of the Canine Assistants Certified Volunteer Team and provide invaluable assistance in the teaching, socializing, and nurturing of our service dogs in training to best prepare them to meet their new recipients.

Canine Assistants Volunteer Training Classes

Thank you so much for your interest in joining the Canine Assistants Volunteer Team. The next series of classes will begin in May 2015. Please review the class dates below. New volunteers must attend all five sessions if they want to move forward with the certification process. During the orientation we will discuss the history of Canine Assistants, review in depth the volunteer requirements, tour the farm, and answer any questions you may have about Canine Assistants and its many programs.

Canine Assistants Volunteer Package (Required) - $115.00

Package Includes:

  • "In a Dog's Heart" by Jennifer Arnold, Canine Assistants Founder
  • "Through A Dogs Eyes" by Jennifer Arnold, Canine Assistants Founder
  • Canine Assistants Volunteer Training Manual
  • Leash & Collar
  • Canine Assistants T-Shirt
  • Canine Assistants Name Badge
  • Certified Volunteer Handler ID Badge


Monday May 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM New Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday May 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM New Volunteer Lecture Series
Wednesday May 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM New Volunteer Lecture Series

**Attendance is mandatory to all 3 classes to be eligible to join our volunteer team.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you in May.

Kevin Lowery
Dog Instructor

Please complete the below application. You will receive an email confirmation.

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Full Name:
Home Address:
Email Address:
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I am 18 years or older:
Availability Notes:
Please outline your ideal monthly schedule for volunteering at Canine Assistants. (How often do you see yourself volunteering?):
Please explain why you are interested in volunteering for Canine Assistants.:
Do you have dogs of your own?:
What kind and how many?:
Do you have other pets of your own?:
What kind and how many?:
Have you ever had a bad experience with a dog?:
If so, please explain:
Do you have any basic dog training experience?:
If so, describe where, when, and what kinds of training you did.:
Do you have other dog training experience (i.e., agility, guard/police, guide or hearing dogs, search and rescue dogs, etc.)?:
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List any dog behaviors that you think are unacceptable, if any. (If there are none, list "none".):
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