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Puppy Fosterer (Assistance Dogs NI)
Location Throughout Northern Ireland

Assistance Dogs NI

Puppy Fosterer

Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland was founded in 2011.  Our aim is to train assistance dogs to improve the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and for people who have a mobility disability. Assistance Dogs provide independence and dignity for people with disabilities, and can greatly increase quality of life and promote well being.

While our puppies are in training they need a loving home to look after them until they are ready to go to their new owner. It can be hard work looking after a puppy, but extremely rewarding. You will watch your puppy grow and learn, and develop into a fully accredited Assistance Dog. It may be hard to give up your puppy when he’s ready to start work, but you are giving an amazing gift to a person with disabilities and your generosity will change that individual’s life.

Role Description:

  • Training puppy and keeping in own home until fully trained approx 14 months

Desirable skills:

  • Dog owner experience but not required
  • Must be fit enough to walk and train puppy


  • Training is provided

Before you express an interest to join our foster programme consider the following:

  • Can someone be at home most of the day?
  • Do you have access to transport?
  • Can you provide the puppy with a secure and enclosed outdoor play area?
  • Can you provide the puppy with a secure indoor area and a quiet area?
  • Is your home currently free of other dogs?
  • Can you walk the puppy 3 to 4 times a day?

It does take a lot of work to raise a puppy, but it is one of the most rewarding things you can do for another person.

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