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Can Do Canines


We at Can Do Canines are very excited that you are interested in being a part of our assistance dog program!

We operate an assistance dog training program in the Stanley Correctional Institution. Two carefully chosen inmates are assigned to each of our puppies, providing round-the-clock care for the puppy as well as basic obedience and assistance dog training. As important as it is for inmates to train the puppies, it is also crucial that puppies learn good house manners and get exposed to as many social and public situations as possible during their first, formative year. Prison fosters make this possible. We currently have two prison fostering opportunities:

  1. Prison Break Fosters - These volunteers work with a dog for a two-week timeframe-either a Monday-to-Monday or a Friday-to-Friday. Pick up and drop off is handled on prison grounds. Volunteers take the puppy in public to locations such as a grocery store, shopping, mall, auto store, library and more.
  2. Weekend Prison Sitters - These volunteers commit to taking a dog twice a month. Pick up and drop off is handled on prison grounds by the volunteer and a prison employee at the main entrance. Must be available to pick up from the prison on Fridays and drop off on Mondays. Sitters do not take the dog in public.

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About Can Do Canines


9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope, MN 55428, US

Mission Statement

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.


Our assistance dogs fetch amazing things. They provide the gifts of freedom, independence, and peace of mind to our clients and their families. These wonderful canines are often adopted from local animal shelters and are specially trained for our clients who live with disabilities that involve mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, autism, or diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness. Dogs, training and supplies are provided to each client free of charge thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers and contributions from generous individuals, corporations, foundations and service groups like the Lions.

People with Disabilities


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Multiple locations Stanley, WI 54768



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training

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