Weekend or 2 Week Puppy Sitter for Future Assistance Dogs

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We operate puppy training programs in seven local prisons, and four of them have outside fosters that support the program. They include Waseca, MN; Rochester, MN; Stanley, WI; and Black River Falls, WI. 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. Pickup and drop-off are 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. Pickup and drop-off are handled on prison grounds by the volunteer and a prison employee at the main entrance. Volunteers must be available to pick up from the prison on Fridays and drop off on Mondays. Sitters do not take the dog in public.

We provide the dog food, vaccinations, and vet care!

Please visit our website to learn more and fill out an application here: https://candocanines.org/get-involved/volunteer/foster-opportunities

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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 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
Animals, People with Disabilities


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Federal Medical Center2110 E Center StRochester, MN 55904



  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Weekend Prison Sitters will need to commit to 2 weekends per month and Prison Break Fosters will commit to two-week timeframes. We ask for a minimum of a 6 month commitment.

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