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Warrior Canine Connection is Looking for Puppy Parents

The Warrior Canine Connection, which is based in Boyds, is in need of volunteers to become “Puppy Parents” to the next generation of dogs to be trained as service animals for veterans.

The program which recently opened its WCC Healing Quarters in Boyds enlists recovering warriors in a therapeutic mission of learning to train service dogs for their fellow veterans. However, before the dogs can begin their training in earnest, they need to get through puppyhood. WCC needs volunteers willing to help raise and train those puppies.

“Puppy Parents are always in demand at Warrior Canine Connection,” said Beth Bourgeois with WCC. “We are always in need of volunteers who are passionate about providing much-needed care and support for our future service dogs. However, this year we are planning to have additional litters to meet the growing need for service dogs. We also have a breeding cooperative, whereby our amazing partner service dog organizations provide us with additional puppies who we care for and train to become service dogs.”

The organization will host a Puppy Parent Informational Meeting on July 11 where people interested in becoming Puppy Parents can meet the program director to can learn more, ask questions and find if the role is right for them, said Bourgeois.

“A Puppy Parent is a volunteer who does the important work of caring for and raising WCC puppies as they undergo their training to become service dogs,” she said. “Puppy Parents begin working with puppies from the age of 8-12 weeks for up to two years. Previous volunteers will tell you that it’s very rewarding work knowing that these puppies will one day provide much-needed support to our nation’s heroes.”

She said the requirements for being a Puppy Parent could be summed up in three words. “Must Love Dogs. Puppy Parents must be able to provide puppies with consistency, supervision, socialization and a lot of love.” Puppy Parents must also be able to bring their puppy to weekly classes at the WCC Healing Quarters in on Schaeffer Road in Boyds.