Here’s what Elaine Sackman says about the experience:
“I started as a volunteer puppy raiser at PSD because it seemed like a win/win/win. I can get my doggy fix without owning another dog, a rescue dog is saved, and a person will be helped. Nancy and Putnam’s trainer are always there to help and answer questions, and the training provided is great. The dogs are treated with love, respect, and kindness. While it is definitely work to train a puppy, it is truly a gift to be part of PSD.” Continue reading “Being a Volunteer Puppy Raiser for Putnam Service Dogs”
Putnam Service Dogs is committed to honoring the very special, nurturing bond between humans and dogs. The bond between a service dog and its handler is one of the closest bonds there is. They are truly interdependent on each other and have an intensity in their daily relating that isn’t present in most dog/human relationships.
Most of the Service Dogs Schools in the US have closed colonies of dogs – they breed their own dogs to enhance desirable traits and the health and longevity of the dogs. Even with careful, sophisticated breeding and genetics techniques used, there’s a graduation rate of only 30-40% of their dogs.
Putnam Service Dogs has dedicated its mission to providing free, highly trained service dogs to people with physical disabilities, other than blindness. Why? Because we passionately believe service dogs change lives. We’ve seen it, and have heard it from many grateful recipients of service dogs.