For over a decade, Service Dogs by SDWR, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been providing service dogs to people with “invisible disabilities” such as Diabetes, Autism, Seizure Disorders, and PTSD. The organization based in Madison, Virginia, has placed several hundred service dogs with adults and children facing the daily challenges of living with a disability. All of the dogs in our service work are either Labrador or Golden Retrievers and on occasion hypo-allergenic breeds are available on a case by case basis (i.e. golden doodles, bernedoodles, sheepadoodle.)
What Is A Breeding Stock Host?
The success of our future service dogs is largely due to the generosity of volunteers who host our specially selected breeding dogs. These volunteers provide care and homes for breeding males and females throughout their lifetime and duties. Breeding Stock hosts provide our breeding dogs with a special home over their lives. These amazing volunteers allow us to maintain high breeding standards and comfortable and loving living situations for our breeding stock moms and dads. SDWR will facilitate the whelping process at its facilities to keep volunteers from being burdened. This is an intense commitment that should be seriously considered before applying. This is an amazing opportunity for school teachers, counselors, and other wellness and education careers to incorporate a trained dog into their work. Many of our volunteers bring their service dog breeders around with them to raise awareness about service animals.
What are the main responsibilities of SDWR Breeding Stock Host?
Breeding Stock hosts provide our breeding dogs with a special home over their lives. These amazing volunteers allow us to maintain high breeding standards and comfortable and loving living situations for our breeding stock moms and dads. This is an intense commitment that should be seriously considered before applying.
- Physical ability to manage a host dog.
- Ability to care for and carry up to 30 lbs.
- Flexible and not afraid of getting a little dirty.
- Must be committed, capable, observant and punctual.
- Willing and able to take on financial and time commitments to caring for our breeding dogs. This is not a decision to make lightly.
- Time Commitment and Scheduling.
- Hosting Volunteers start at a 4 year commitment.
- Flexibility in schedule to care for the animal.
SDWR Expectations Of Breeding Dogs & Hosts
Our dogs thrive in home environments and perform best when they receive loving care and support. Each breeding stock dog has graduated from the SDWR Volunteer Service Dog Raiser Program and has been selected for its good behavior, genetics, and demeanor to become an SDWR breeder. These dogs are the cream of the crop. We ask that our Breeding Stock Hosts continue to maintain their obedience training, exercise, socialization, and health to ensure the best quality of life for each dog. In special circumstances, breeding stock hosts may be selected later for service dog placement. Stock hosts should be prepared for this possibility. Our breeding stock host volunteers provide an essential service to the organization that allows us to help change many lives.
Special Opportunity For Teachers & Counselors
Breeding stock hosting is a great way to bring a well-behaved dog into your home and life. SDWR encourages our teachers, counselors, and other wellness/education professionals to incorporate these dogs into their personal and professional lives. Contact us to learn more.
“Django has been a wonderful addition to our family. Not only is he Jake’s (our autism service dog) best friend, but he has the heart of a service dog too. We love doing what we can to further the cause of SDWR.”
– Carrie, Breeding Stock Host Volunteer
“We love being a breeder host family! We love being able to volunteer and help such a great organization and all the good they are doing. Taking Cooper out in public and being a part of our daily lives helps more and more people become aware of service dogs and the benefit of having one.” – Meagan, Breeding Stock Host Volunteer