Shelter Dog Program

Can Do Canines first assistance dog was adopted from the Minneapolis Animal Shelter in 1989. Annie, a Lhasa Apso mix, went on to be a Hearing Assist Dog for our first client, Marcy Bury, for eight years.

As Can Do Canines has grown and now trains dogs for five types of disabilities, we still make every effort to adopt and train dogs from animal shelters when possible. Our facility was specially designed to include our “Second-Chance Kennels,” where shelter dogs can be evaluated, medically-treated if necessary and eventually trained to be assistance dogs.

Our facilties’ six Second-Chance Kennels, house separate exercise and training areas and an isolated potty yard. Rescued shelter dogs spend their first few weeks here, until we can ensure they are healthy and ready to join our regular training population.