Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our volunteer opportunities are limited at this time.  Thank you for your understanding. 

We would not be able to continue our mission without the tireless efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. We welcome all levels of involvement, and work hard to provide our volunteers with a unique and fulfilling experience.


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.

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, ideally, should live in the Roanoke area or be willing to travel to Roanoke once a week.

Dog Walkers: Dog Walkers are needed on a weekly or substitute 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.

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 Candidates an opportunity to relax and visit with staff and trainers. Volunteers help set up and serve lunch.

Angel Tree: Area shopping centers play generous hosts to our annual Angel Tree. The Angel Tree is on display from the end of November to mid-December, and helps us collect donations of toys, treats, and gift cards for our puppies and dogs in training. Volunteers help construct and maintain tree decorations, and collect and distribute gifts.

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 events could not take place without our army of helpers, and we appreciate each and every one.

All-Purpose Volunteers: Our “all-purpose helpers” are those who are willing to wash crates, wash windows, plant or trim bushes, etc.

Service Projects: If your civic group, scout troop, fraternal organization or business is seeking a cooperative working and learning experience, a project at the Saint Francis Training Center, or for Saint Francis Service Dogs, may be right for you.

Contact us at 540-342-3647 or volunteer@saintfrancisdogs.org for more information or with any questions about volunteering.