With more people enjoying summer vacations and traveling, Can Do Canines currently has a greater need for foster volunteers. These Twin Cities volunteers will help care for a dog that is destined to be an assistance dog for a person with a disability.
Volunteer experiences can be tailored to meet various commitment levels. Fosters who offer "Great Start Homes" take in a 10-week-old puppy for 2-3 months. Those in the Puppy-Raiser role may have a future assistance dog for 18-24 months. Additional long-term and short-term options are available, and Puppy Sitters may just get their "puppy fix" by hosting a dog for as little as a couple of days.
Can Do Canines staff members work with foster volunteers to ensure the foster dog is a good match based on the volunteer’s location and availability and the dog’s age and gender." Plus, these service dogs in training are generally well trained and well mannered.
Foster volunteer Bill Cunningham recently posted a Google review about his experience with Can Do Canines, saying, “Can Do Canines is a great place to volunteer - it doesn’t matter if you have dog training experience or if you have never had a dog before, the seasoned training staff trains you to help train the dogs on their career path. It is all in a collective effort to help set up the puppy or dog for success in the future. All it costs you is your time.”
To learn more about fostering a Can Do Canine and to apply to volunteer, visit candocanines.org//foster-opportunities.
Also, if you haven’t seen our video from earlier this year, highlighting the foster experience, check it out and send the link (https://youtu.be/bfrfSw-GDL0) to others in your life, encouraging them to consider volunteering with us.