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.

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, inclusion in promotional materials, and recognition on social media.

Volunteering 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.

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.

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.

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.

Learning Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of internships, externships and fellowships for those passionate about expanding their knowledge of the working dog industry and enhancing their training and husbandry skills.

Meet Dr. Judi Berke

Judi Berke, Penn Vet Working Dog Center 

Dr. Judi Berke, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, has years of experience in higher education as Continuing Ed Director. She coordinates numerous volunteers who help us achieve our mission.

Meet the Puppies

Max-Penn Vet Working Dog 

Meet Max. He graduated from our Scent School (trained on narcotics) in May 2018 and will complete our Patrol School so he can join Upper Moreland Police Department as a dual purpose police K9 with partner Officer Brian Rems. The best way to get to know the Center is to...