“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.
For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead
Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team! BluePath volunteers have the chance to make a lasting impact in people’s lives. Volunteers support our mission in a number of ways, such as raising puppies, fostering young adult dogs and performing administrative tasks.
Below you will find information on the variety of ways you can get involved.
Volunteers raise and socialize our puppies in their homes for approximately 12-16 months. They take them out to many different places and teach them basic commands and manners. Providing our dogs with these experiences helps give them a solid foundation and prepares them for the next phase of their service dog training.
Once our dogs are between 14-18 months old and begin training with a professional BluePath trainer, they are fostered in the homes of volunteers. Three to four times a week, the foster drops the dog off in Hopewell Junction in the morning and picks it up in the late afternoon. This allows all of our dogs to live in homes and not in kennels. Dogs remain with the Foster until placement as a BluePath service dog.
Puppy Raisers may continue to care for dogs as Fosters if they can satisfy the requirement of dropping the dog off for training when requested.
Temporary Dog Sitter:
If you are not able to be a Puppy Raiser or Foster, but would still like to help with one of our dogs, you can become a Sitter. These volunteers take our dogs into their homes for short periods of time to look after them when Raisers and Fosters are unavailable.
Administrative volunteer opportunities coming soon! If you have a specific skill set you think could be helpful and you're interested in getting involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.