New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Volunteer at the Center

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs. Our dogs are trained to find victims of disasters, identify explosive and illicit drug threats, apprehend criminals, and detect ovarian cancer. These dogs literally save lives.

Volunteer with the Working Dog Center

Want to Volunteer?

It's easy!

Contact Judi Berke, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, at or 215-898-2200.

First Things First: Sign Up for a Tour

Learn more about our mission and discover the best way for you to contribute by scheduling a tour of the Working Dog Center. You'll learn about our Puppy Foundation Program, witness a search-and-rescue demonstration, discover how dogs can scent out ovarian cancer, and meet our team.

"Up & Over, Under & Through" Working Dog Center Tour

  • Dates: 21 – 21 Nov, 2019
  • <strong>Location:</strong> Philadelphia, PA
  • <strong>Address:</strong> 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue
  • <strong>Contact:</strong> Judi Berke
  • <strong>Email:</strong> <a href=''></a>
  • <strong>How to find us:</strong>
  • <strong>Phone:</strong> 215-898-2200

"Up & Over, Under & Through" Tour

Learn how our trainers teach dogs to confidently climb multistory ladders, traverse collapsed structures, and navigate through deep dark tunnels all while under the control of their handler.

*For those interested in becoming a volunteer or an intern, please stay for the volunteer information session immediately following the tour.

  • Date: 11/21/2019
  • Time: 10:00 am

Sign up now!

  • Tours are conducted by reservation only. To reserve a spot on one of our tours call 215-898-2200.

Weather permitting, the tour and demonstrations are primarily conducted outside. Please dress appropriately so that you may comfortably enjoy your time with us. All tour participants should wear long pants and flat, closed toe shoes.

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Schedule a Tour

  • Tour the Center, learn about our mission, and how you can contribute to our work.
  • Contact Judi Berke, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, at or 215-898-2200.

Learn About Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers are a valuable asset to the Working Dog Center. We are eager for you to be part of our team! It is fun and rewarding.

Want to be a part of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center? There are a lot of ways to help beyond the daily care and training of our dogs. 

Below are just a few ideas. If you have a special talent or resource you would like to share, please contact Judi Berke, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, at or call 215-898-2200.

Share Your Special TalentsWorking Dog Puppy

  • Computer Skills
  • Creative Writing
  • Data Entry
  • Graphic Design
  • Handyman
  • Photography
  • Videography

Become a Working Dog Foster

During the day puppies will be in foundation training at the Center, but we need local families to share their evenings and weekends with their foster puppy to provide a warm, comfortable, social home environment. After approximately 12 months of fostering, your puppy will go on to his job at his permanent home…and you’ll get a new puppy if you’d like to continue fostering.

Interested in being considered to be a full-time or temporary foster for one of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center puppies?