Type 1 Diabetic service dogs in need of puppy raisers

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A family-owned and operated program known as Type 1 Diabetic Service Dog Associates, is desperately in need of puppy raisers.

The program for years has made it their mission to raise fully-functioning Type 1 diabetic alert dogs to save people’s lives.

Certified Canine Specialist and Program Director, Alex Cain Cartmel said, he believes the struggle in finding puppy raisers is the combination of lack in commitment and people’s busy schedules.

He also explains the duties of a puppy raiser are quite simple.

You are only providing a temporary roof over the puppies heads, and a chunk of time each day. Vet bills are paid for and food is provided.

They are looking for candidates who are moderately to highly active who will walk the dog each day and teach it basic commands before it begins diabetic alert training. Basic training includes potty training, teaching him/her to speak, sit and maybe rollover?

“If you want to take the dog to McDonalds and get him or her an ice cream cone, I guess that’s okay, but it’s on you,” said Cartmel.

The program is looking for four puppy raisers and the work is completely voluntary.

An ideal home to house the puppies is smoke-free, fenced-in and they prefer no current pets, but if you do have pets, they must be non-aggressive.

At-home puppy raising is temporary as Type 1 Diabetic Serve Dog Associates is working to open their new facility. Once finished, puppy raising will take place at the facility.

If interested in puppy raising, contact Alex Cain Cartmell at (606) 471-9423 or reach out to him through thier Facebook page.

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