(KMSP) – Can Do Canines is looking for volunteers who want to raise a puppy who will eventually help those with disabilities. Six Can Do Canines puppies recently stopped by the nonprofit’s facility for a brief visit before traveling to Jackson Correctional Institution for further training.
As more litters come to the group’s facility in New Hope, 28 volunteers are needed to help train the dogs in their homes this summer, starting as soon as June 26.
Puppy Raisers host a future assistance dog for approximately 18 months, and they learn hands-on training techniques, teach house manners and expose the puppy to as many social situations as possible in preparation for being matched with a client in waiting. After the dogs reach 18 months of age, they return to Can Do Canines facility for final training and to be placed with a person with a disability.
Other, shorter dog-related volunteer opportunities are also available.