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A young woman kneels on grass smiling at the camera with one hand on a seated yellow Labrador in blue Future Leader Dog bandanna next to her


Volunteers are crucial to the success of Leader Dogs for the Blind. They serve in essential positions throughout our operations both on campus and off. Combined, there are over 800 volunteers that help us empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for independent travel. Explore our volunteer options to see what's right for you!

Cathy and FLD Kenya on path - photo by M Valenti

Raise a Puppy

There’s no doubt what our puppies want to be when they grow up, but they need your help. As a volunteer puppy raiser, you’ll be the foundation a puppy needs to become a Leader Dog. And together, you’ll help someone who is blind or visually impaired live a life of freedom, safety and happiness.

Emma Jo & daughters with litter

Host a Breeding Dog

Hosting a breeding dog is a unique volunteer opportunity that invites you to bring a mom or dad dog into your family for the length of their breeding career—and beyond! Once your breeding mom or dad retires, they become a permanent member of your family.

Claire in AMC

Volunteer on Campus

Volunteers work all over our campus: with our dogs, in the lobby, vet clinic, puppy development or breeding areas. They also work with our clients on and off campus and support our philanthropy, client services, residential services, volunteer engagement, marketing and training staff.