NSSD relies on volunteers to fill a variety of roles in the organization.

Looking for a Volunteer needing service hours!

Ideal position for a high school student looking for after school work or needing service hours. Next Step Service Dogs in Escondido has an opening for a helper to do kennel-attendant-type work around the Dog Training Facility.

Some of the responsibilities will be sweeping and mopping training room floor, wiping out crates, stuffing chew toys, walking or exercising dogs and some light administrative tasks.

All dogs are well socialized, average is 15 months old and consists mostly of labs and golden retrievers. You must be reliable, responsible, have your own car and like being around lots of dogs.

Call: 760-438-9190 or email: support@nextstepservicedogs.org

All potential volunteers must attend a Volunteer Informational Meeting and an Orientation before volunteering with our organization.

PLEASE NOTE: The nature of our program does NOT provide all volunteer opportunities to work directly with the dogs. However, all volunteers are welcome to view the training sessions and join in the NSSD community.


Temporary Care Providers are volunteers who cannot commit to full-time dog training, but are willing to take on the role of dog sitter when a dog needs temporary care (i.e. when a trainer has travel or has another commitment to which they cannot bring their dog-in-training).


Puppy Raisers are volunteers who want to raise a puppy. Raising an NSSD puppy will prove to be one of the most valued and exciting additions to your life and will take a good deal of patience and commitment. Our goal is that you will gain the skills and knowledge to become an excellent puppy raiser. In return, you will be molding and shaping a teammate for a Veteran or First Responder.