Volunteer foster families are integral to our success.

Here's how you can help:

Puppy Raising Families

While in the Puppy Program, puppies are raised by volunteer foster families or 'puppy raisers'. During this time, Dogs for Kids trainers support puppies and their foster families in basic training, walking on lead, building confidence in unfamiliar environments and socialisation to ensure our puppies are confident and well socialised.

Eligibility criteria:
– must reside in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula
– can not work for more than five hours a day
– can commit to caring for a puppy for up to twelve months

Temporary Carers

Temporary carers are just that. They provide temporary, short term care for our puppies and dogs on a needs basis.
Eligibility criteria:
– must reside in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula
– can not work for more than five hours a day
– can commit to caring for a puppy for up to six weeks

Bed and Breakfast Families

Bed and Breakfast families take care of our dogs while they’re in training. Dogs at this stage are collected by our staff several days each week to complete their formal training. Bed and breakfast families must reside in Seaford, Carrum Downs and surrounding suburbs, have yard access, and commit to caring for a dog for up to six months.
Eligibility criteria:
– must reside in Seaford, Carrum Downs and surrounding suburbs
– staff must be able to access the yard to pick up and drop off the dog
– can commit to caring for a dog for up to six months

Our foster families play a vital role in raising dedicated Assistance and Therapy dogs. Would you like to volunteer and support our programs? Enter your details below and we'll be in touch.

  • Personal Info
  • Living Situation
  • Contact Information

Tell us about yourself

Your full name

What is your work situation?

How many days a week do you work?

How many hours a week do you work?

Can the pup come to work?

If yes, please supply job title, employer name, business type and address

Please describe any prior experience with raising puppies/fostering and why you want to foster.

Living Situation

Home type

Own or Rent your property?

List all family member(s) who will be responsible for the dog including age and how often they will be home.

Do you have written authority to accommodate a dog at your property?

What other pets, if any, reside within the accommodation?

Have all pets been desexed?

Have all pets been vaccinated?

Contact Information

Address

Suburb

Postcode

Email address

Phone Number

Assistance Dog Application

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Therapy Dog Application

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