The Penn Vet Working Dog Center serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs. They are trained to find victims of disasters, detect explosives, conduct search & rescue missions. Some of our dogs are trained as Diabetes Alert Dogs and others are trained for Ovarian Cancer Detection. These dogs literally save lives!
If you are local to the Philadelphia region, or interested in helping remotely, there are a number of volunteer opportunities available at the Working Dog Center. Our efforts to breed, raise, and train the next generation of working dogs depends on the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our volunteers. Volunteers are a valuable asset to the Working Dog Community. We are eager for you to be part of our team! It’s fun and rewarding! More importantly, with your assistance, we are able to provide the energy and direction to advance the research and training projects vital to the future of working dogs.
We appreciate the assistance of volunteers on special events and facility improvement projects as well. If you have a special talent such as marketing, advertising, or construction that you wish to use towards the mission of the Center, we also welcome your application. Each individual can play a part in helping our working dogs!
For more information, contact Judi Berke, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-898-2200.
Interested in volunteering?
Step 1: SCHEDULE A TOUR HERE
We ask our potential volunteers to first come take a tour of the Center to learn more about our mission and ways you can contribute.
Volunteer Job Postings
Contact Judi at VolunteerCoordinator@pennvetwdc.org to learn more about these positions.
Flickr Photo Tagger
We have several hundred photographs donated to us by an attendee at our one-year anniversary event. They have been uploaded to Flickr, but we need the dogs and people in the photos to be tagged for easy searching. This requires a volunteer with a basic knowledge of our dogs and the Center’s staff.
It should take no more than 5 hours total to complete and may be broken up in any time increments.
Tutor our training team in Numbers for iOS and OS X
We have implemented data collection on Numbers for iOS and OS X to help us track the progress of our dogs through certain behaviors, such as obedience. In order to make this most effective, we need someone to providing training and insight to effectively implement this program.
Have a talent for capturing the perfect shot? Use your photography skills to help document our puppies progress. Photos are needed for various Penn Vet Working Dog Center publications and promotions.
Interested in creating short videos to document the training of our puppies?
Looking for talented volunteers to design professional flyers and other print items. Also looking for help designing t-shirts and other special event wearables.
Our foster program offers families a unique opportunity. During the day the puppy will be in foundation training at the Center, but we need local families to spend their evenings and weekends with their foster puppy to provide a warm, comfortable, social home environment as they undergo their foundation training. Supplies and veterinary care will be provided for your puppy through his stay with your family. After approximately 12 months of fostering, your puppy will go on to his job at his permanent home…and you’ll get a new puppy if you’d like to continue fostering.
If you are interested in being considered to be a full-time or temporary foster for one of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center puppies, please contact our Foster Coordinator-Lindsey Hagan at email@example.com.
We will be accepting working line puppies from proven breeders. The most successful of these dogs will become the foundation stock for our breeding program. Contact us for the details of the program.
Food. Toys. Leashes. Collars. Water bowls. Crates. Vests. Agility equipment. Training supplies. Beds. Bringing a new puppy home is quite an investment. And these special puppies need more than just the basics. If you would like to donate supplies to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center or to the families fostering these puppies, please refer to the Wish List for needed items.
Puppy Foundation Program
- Foster Family FAQ
- Meet the Puppies
- Puppy Donation Form
- Puppy Foundation Study Overview
- Sponsor a Puppy
- Supply Wish List
- Tour the Center
- Training Program