If you are interested in joining the Saint Francis Family of volunteers, please contact Kris Sorensen at volunteer@saintfrancisdogs.org. Please understand that we may not have openings in all volunteer positions at all times. Thank you for your patience.

If you are presently a Saint Francis volunteer and would like to explore other volunteer options, please contact us.
For questions or additional information about how you can help Saint Francis Service Dogs, contact us at info@saintfrancisdogs.org
or call 540.342.DOGS (3647).
Another important way you can help is by sharing Saint Francis Service Dogs with others. If you are aware of family, friends, clubs or organizations that might be interested in services or interested in volunteer opportunities, we hope you will share your knowledge and direct them to us.
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It really does take a village to raise and place a Saint Francis Service Dog. Saint Francis would not be able to continue our mission without the tireless efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

We invite you to join our Saint Francis Family by becoming involved in special events, by being a dog walker, puppy raiser, puppy sitter or undertaking a service project at our training facility. The list is long and varied. We welcome all levels of involvement, and work hard to provide our volunteers with a unique and fulfilling experience.
Following are descriptions of our volunteer programs:
• Puppy Raisers: Puppy raisers open their homes and hearts to future service dogs, raising puppies for approximately one year and helping them learn their basic obedience skills before returning them to Saint Francis Service Dogs for advanced training. Puppy Raisers must attend weekly training classes at our facility and thus, should live in the Roanoke area.
• Puppy/Dog Sitters: Puppy/dog sitters care for Saint Francis puppies and dogs on weekends or for periods of one or two weeks while their regular puppy raisers are on vacation or to give dogs in training a change of scenery. Sitters help our Saint Francis puppies and dogs by exposing them to new friends and different places.
• Angel Tree: Tanglewood Mall plays generous host to our annual Angel Tree. The Angel runs from last November to mid-December and helps us collect donations of treats, toys and gift cards for our puppies and dogs in training. Volunteers help construct and maintain tree decorations, and collect and distribute gifts.
• Candidate Class Meal Assistance: Candidate Classes provide information and training for Candidates who are in the process of being placed with a Service Dog. Class includes an hour-long lunch, which provides an opportunity to relax and visit with staff and trainers. Volunteers prepare and serve lunch at their own expense. The main dish is provided by Saint Francis Service Dogs.
• Dog Walkers: Dog Walkers are needed on a weekly basis to walk dogs and puppies living in or visiting our kennels. Dog Walkers provide much needed socialization and exercise to promote overall good health for service dogs in training.
Click Here to see a list of Current Volunteer Announcements!
Click Here to download our Volunteer Questionnaire!
• Special Events: Volunteering to assist with a Saint Francis fundraising event is a wonderful way to have a great time while helping us strengthen our organization and mission. Our signature events could not take place without our army of helpers, and we appreciate each and every one.
• Service Projects: If your civic group, scout group, fraternal organization or business is seeking a cooperative working and learning experience, a project for Saint Francis service Dogs may be right for you!
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