Get Involved

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is self-sustaining through individual, government, foundation, and corporate gifts and grants. That means we rely on your support and participation. You can make all the difference.


Make a Gift

Gifts of all sizes have an impact at the Center by directly supporting training, research, capital projects, equipment, veterinary care, and many other essential needs. Our supporters include a broad range of friends, corporations, volunteers, alumni, and others committed to our mission.



Donate a Puppy

Puppies in our program are donated from breeders across the country. These dogs must exemplify health and performance capabilities. The puppies will be trained at our center from the time they arrive at 8 weeks of age to approximately one year of age. They will graduate with the skills required for them to move directly into careers or undertake advanced training.



Sponsor a Dog

Puppy sponsorships are available for individuals, foundations, and corporations, and offer a special opportunity to directly support the training of a puppy for a period of one year. Sponsor benefits include having your name and/or company logo featured on the Center’s website and your puppy’s working vest, inclusion in promotional materials, and recognition on social media.



Become a Foster Family

Provide a temporary home for one of our heroic dogs-in-training. Each dog is fostered on evenings and weekends to ensure complete puppy socialization.


Purchase a Working Dog

Different breeds, different personalities, but all have the same goal – to join the ranks of the elite working dogs who serve our country. Please visit our website for the list of working dogs available for purchase. The purchase price offsets only a fraction of the total training and care costs of our dogs, and is reinvested in the program.


Thanksgiving at the Working Dog Center

Volunteer With the Best Team in Town

Volunteers are the backbone of our operations, helping with everything from data collection to building and maintaining training equipment and assisting with puppy needs. You can get involved onsite or remotely.


Meet Bob Dougherty

Bob Dougherty and K9 partner Tango

Whitemarsh Police Officer Robert "Doc" Dougherty has become an integral member of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center as law enforcement canine coordinator. With more than 25 years of law enforcement and K9 experience, "Doc" brings vital training skills to the program.

Meet the Puppies

PApa Bear, Working Dog Center

Meet PApa Bear, named in honor of Bear, one of the courageous working dogs who served on September 11 at Ground Zero. PApa Bear is one of the inaugural class, trained for drug detection. The best way to get to know the Center is to...