Autism Dog Services is in need of Foster Homes for puppies!

By Staff

February 10th, 2022


“Puppies are still coming into our service dog in training program for 2022,” says Vicky Spadoni, Executive Director with Autism Dog Services.

Honda and Harley – homes needed for them while they are trained. Photo Credit: Mirjam Lagro, Volunteer Puppy Starter/Sitter

“Puppies are being added on a regular basis,” adds Dianne Nyeboer, Puppy Program Manager. “We are in need of individuals or families that will house the pups, socialize them by taking them everywhere and attend ADS run training classes every two weeks in the Guelph/Cambridge/Hamilton areas.”

Janine Brubacher, Volunteer Manager adds, “all dog food, equipment, training support and vet care is provided by Autism Dog Services.” Foster families or otherwise known as puppy raisers generally have the service dogs in training for 12 to 18 months before they are recalled into advanced training.

“Yes, you need to give the dog back to ADS but, it is such a rewarding volunteer experience, especially when you attend graduation and see your once pup now grown and supporting a child with autism and their family,” says Vicky Spadoni. “These service dogs provide Quality of Life and so much more,” says Vicky.

Please consider this amazing opportunity to be a foster family or puppy raiser if you are retired/semi retired, stay at home parent, young active family, work from home employees, individuals with flexible schedules or can take the dog to work or school.

More details can be found on the website ( or by emailing

To see first-hand how Autism Service Dogs are impacting lives watch this:


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