Volunteer

Volunteers are at the core of COPE Service Dogs. From raising funds to raising puppies, dedicated volunteers are vital to the success of the program. They allow us to deliver services and programs much needed by the community.

Volunteer involvement in COPE programs will be more important than ever as we undertake new plans to expand our programs. Our goal is to help more people within our community, and to introduce the COPE model to other communities. Please review roles below, then complete the Pre-Application.

COPE puppies-in-training are placed with Puppy Foster Volunteers from the time they are 7-8 weeks old, until they are matched with their life partner, or move on to do their life’s work approximately 2 years later.

Why?

Because COPE dogs are destined for a fulfilling life with human partners, it is of the utmost importance that they be home-raised. This means being part of a family during their formative puppy-hood and into their advanced training years.

Where?

Ideally, Puppy Foster Volunteers are located in the Barrie and Innisfil area, within a reasonable traveling distance to the Canines In The Classroom Program locations at Bear Creek Secondary School (Tues, Thurs) and Nantyr Shores Secondary School (Mon, Wed, Fri).

Who?

  • You are over 18 years of age.
  • If you have a family, you must have all your family members’ support.
  • You may have other pets, but no more than 2 dogs in residence and none under the age of 12 months. All other pets must be spayed or neutered.
  • Your home will ideally have a safe fenced yard.
  • You must have the transportation means to attend regular training classes with your puppy in Barrie on Tuesday evenings, and to transport your puppy to the Canines In The Classroom Program.
  • You are available to care for the puppy during the day either in your home or at work when the puppy is not in school.
  • You must be willing to devote up to 2 years to your puppy’s socialization.
  • You must be willing to take your puppy with you on outings and into public establishments such as stores and restaurants.
  • You must commit to and comply with the training methods used by COPE.
  • You will have successfully completed our application and screening process.

What?

A Puppy Foster Volunteer is the first, very important step in the life of a COPE dog. The responsibilities of the family are outweighed by the enrichment of having a puppy-in-training in your life!

Responsibilities include:

  • Raising the best dog possible in accordance with the training methods set out by COPE.
  • Always leaving a positive impression with anyone who interacts with a COPE puppy-in-training.

And more specifically:

  • Mandatory attendance at training sessions for you and your puppy-in-training.
  • Transportation of puppy to training facilities in Barrie and/or Innisfil to participate in early puppy-hood training and advanced training, as well as other COPE programs.
  • Socializing the puppy by systematically exposing him/her to different situations they will experience in their future work, under COPE’s guidance. That means, taking your puppy with you wherever you go!
  • Be willing to purchase some basic puppy supplies, for example: toys, treats, toothbrush and toothpaste, brush, flexi-leash, bedding and bowls.
  • COPE will provide the dog crate, regularly scheduled vet care, food, a 4 foot leash, exercise harness, and COPE ID (backpack and/or cape).

Timing: We regularly have the opportunity to welcome new puppies into our program.If you would like to be a Puppy Foster Volunteer, the application process begins by first completing the Pre-Application Form below.

COPE has a roster of Puppy Sitters, who provide back-up for Puppy Foster Volunteers when needed. For example, when they are unable to keep their puppy for short periods of time due to planned vacations or travel, or a temporary unplanned change in circumstances. During these times, the COPE puppy-in-training would stay with a Puppy Sitter, who is trained following their acceptance into the program.

Who?

COPE Service Dogs

  • You are over 18 years of age.
  • If you have a family, you must have all your family members’ support.
  • You may have other pets, but no more than 2 dogs in residence and none under the age of 12 months. All other pets must be spayed or neutered.
  • You must have the transportation means to attend training classes in Barrie, and to transport the puppy that you are sitting to the Canines In The Classroom Program.
  • You are available to care for the puppy during the day either in your home or at work as a pet when the puppy is not in school.
  • You must commit to and comply with the training methods used by COPE.
  • You will have successfully completed our application and screening process.

Timing: Will vary depending on the needs of Puppy Foster Volunteers, and can last from a few hours, to a few days or weeks. If you would like to volunteer as a Puppy Sitter, the application process begins by first completing the Pre-Application below.

Purpose of the Position: Join the team to change the lives of students and people with disabilities by transporting dogs and puppies to attend Canines in the Classroom and Refinement Training.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Transport multiple dogs to designated locations for Canines in the Classroom and Refinement Training in Barrie and Innisfil using vehicle provided by COPE
  • Clean COPE vehicle at self-serve car wash when needed, cost covered by COPE

Qualifications:

  • 25 years or older
  • Driver’s license (Class G)
  • Clean driving record

Commitment Expected:

  • Ongoing
  • Available to drive at least 2 shifts per week
  • Shifts available on Mon, Wed, Fri weekly
  • Shifts run on a week 1 and week 2 schedule, alternate weekly
  • Week 1 – shift 1 from 7:30 – 10:50; shift 2 from 12:35 – 15:19; shift 3 from 16:20 – 17:51
  • Week 2 – shift 1 from 7:30 – 10:50; shift 2 from 13:50 – 17:54
  • No driving on public holidays and school holidays

Training:

  • 1.5-hour in-person training
  • One shift of shadowing an experienced driver

Licence:

  • G (Required)

If you would like to apply to be a COPE van driver, please complete and submit the Pre-Application below.

Purpose of the Position: Join the team to change the lives of students and people with disabilities by helping in the Office or during one of our Fund Raising events.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Office work would include filing, sending emails, etc
  • Event work would include preparing for events, sending emails asking for donations, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Computer knowledge would be considered an asset.

If you would like to apply to be an Office or Event helper,  please complete and submit the Pre-Application below.

Are you a plumber, painter, carpenter or have any other skills that might help out?

This type of volunteer would only be called upon when needed, but your role is vital in helping COPE keep the costs down.

If this is something that interests you please start by completing the Pre-Application below.

Please complete and submit the below Pre-Application form to start the process of becoming a Volunteer with COPE Service Dogs.