Donate a Dog or Puppy


Can Do Canines is always looking for physically sound, emotionally stable puppies and adult dogs under two years of age to train as assistance dogs.

Do you have a dog you might be willing to donate? If you’re a breeder, have you placed a dog in a home where it is no longer wanted? We may be interested—please contact Director of Training, Julianne Larsen at 763-331-3000, ext. 117!

Dog Donation Guidelines

  • Must live inside your home and be housebroken
  • Must be friendly with adults, children, other dogs and cats – No aggression, hyperactivity or destructiveness is permitted
  • Must be healthy, with up-to-date medical treatment and records
  • Must be free of any disease requiring ongoing medication
  • Must be between two months and two years old
  • Must have stable temperaments
  • Must be free of hereditary defects and must have no known eye or heart problems
  • Puppies must come from parents with OFA-certified hips and elbows
  • Adult dogs must have certifiable hips and elbows that are free of hip dysphasia
  • Preferred breeds include Golden or Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Standard Poodles and Collies, but we are open to any breed as long as the dog has a suitable temperament
  • Must be at least nine months and not more than two years old
  • Must be very alert to unusual sounds
  • Can vary in size. The sizes and types of dogs selected are determined by the clients’ lifestyles and preferences
  • Some successful breeds include Corgis, American Eskimos, Terriers, Shelties, Miniature Pinschers, Papillions and Toy Poodles
Many mixed breed dogs become successful assistance dogs. We will consider any dog with a personality that shows promise. Contact us for information on pre-testing your dog at home.

As a dog donator, you’ll receive a letter acknowledging your donation, which can be used to gain a tax deduction. You’ll be notified of the placement of the dog and when it becomes a “Certified” assistance dog.

If the dog is not able to complete the training program, you will be notified and given the opportunity to regain ownership of the dog.