The MS Service Dog Program at St. Elizabeth’s MS Center trains Labrador and Golden Retriever breeds to serve the needs of patients living with multiple sclerosis. Our trained service dogs truly change lives on a daily basis.
Volunteers who serve as puppy raisers make the MS Service Dog Program a great success. The program is always in need of puppy raisers and St. Elizabeth’s works with a small number of excellent breeders to supply a young pup to the volunteer puppy raiser at approximately eight weeks of age. The MS Service Dog Program is responsible for the purchase and training of the puppies as well as veterinary care. The commitment for a puppy raiser is generally two years, but shorter periods may be feasible. Puppy raisers must be at least 18 years of age.
Typical tasks of a puppy raiser include:
For more information about the MS Service Dog Program or becoming a puppy raiser, please contact Ellen Lahti, MD, at 617-789-2600.