Families to foster puppies for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (PVWDC)!
What is the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (WDC)?
WDC aims to raise and train detection dogs who will eventually serve our communities in the areas of diabetes alert, Urban Search and Rescue, ovarian cancer detection, narcotics detection, police work, and more!
How does the program work?
Puppies are donated by approved breeders and join the program at 8 weeks of age and are in the WDC training program for approximately 18 months. Dogs attend school at WDC, located at 3401 Gray’s Ferry Avenue, Monday through Friday. Fosters drop the dogs off daily between 7-9am and pick them up between 5-7pm. During the day the puppies receive training in a variety of area, search, agility, obedience, as part of our Puppy Foundation Program. They also receive training specific to their future detection career.
What does it mean to be a Foster Family?
WDC puppies live with their Foster Families when they are not in school. Foster families are an important part of our puppies’ training, but are not required to be trainers. Our trainers will provide Foster Families with all the information you need to help your puppy be successful. The WDC also provide all of the supplies and medical care for the puppy.
How do I get more information on become a foster family?
Contact our Foster Family Coordinator, Meaghan Decorso HERE