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From petting puppies and fixing fences to answering phones and helping at events, your time and talents are always appreciated. We have a wide range of volunteer activities that are lots of fun. Please check out the choices and let us know how you'd like to help!

Puppy Petting top of page

Discover the magic of puppy love. Puppy petters of all ages know the joy and satisfaction of realizing that their volunteering is key in the development of superior Service Dogs. The "fit-your-schedule" hours make puppy petting very convenient.

Marilyn and her "W" puppies Beauty and her "X" puppies

Puppy petters start by attending a 2 hr. Puppy Petters Orientation to learn special techniques for interacting with our newborn puppies. Volunteers between the ages of 5 and 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at both the puppy petting orientation and during puppy petting sessions. No child may be left alone on Bergin University premises. Due to the popularity of our puppy petting program, there may be a waiting period to attend an orientation. It is also subject to the availability of puppies. We have approximately four to five new litters each year.

Long-term puppy petters who wish to participate in more advanced projects may be asked to attend additional training. Please call for more information and to register for our next orientation.


Puppy Parent Homes top of page

Our purpose in putting these pups with basic skills in puppy parent homes is to give them an opportunity to acclimate to household living. They have already spent evenings and weekends living with our college students, are toilet trained, and have been out in public on numerous occasions. However, all these experiences have been interspersed with their life here at the Institute. We would like them to have the opportunity to be fully integrated into home and family living.

Puppy Parents are required to attend introductory and bimonthly classes which include training sessions at the Institute and field trips to public settings. The pups are expected to live with you, go to work and shopping with you, and join you in fun family outings.

Event Help top of page

Do you like to cook? We need helpers to prepare lunches that we serve to clients for the first week of every training camp. From time to time we have other special events that are fun to work on. If you want to help out, let us know!


Administrative Support top of page

Volunteers are needed to assist with many clerical and administrative projects: answering phones, making phone calls, updating our database and assisting with large mailing projects.

Maintenance Support top of page

Do you enjoy gardening? Or perhaps fixing fences is your expertise. Volunteers help keep our campus grounds clean and well maintained. 

Booths top of page

We have a number of volunteer opportunities to help with booths at fairs, trade shows, downtown market, etc. If you would like to join us in one of these activities, please contact us.


PR Support top of page

Want to help spread the word about the good work we do at Bergin University? Contact us if you know of any group that would like us to speak about the University. The talks are free (donations are accepted) and can be of any length to any number of people. Our PR dogs love to speak too (woof!). Also, if you have any media contacts who are interested in hearing about us, we would welcome the referral.