Minnesota organization looking for more canine foster care volunteers

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NEW HOPE, Minn. (WKBT) — A Minnesota organization is looking more volunteers to care for dogs destined to assist those who live with a disability.

Can Do Canines, based out of the Twin Cities, places dogs throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Volunteers are essential to those efforts, the organization says, and numbers of volunteers tend to dip over the summer months.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways. Some may choose to foster puppies or dogs in their homes for several months at a time. Others might give dogs participating in the prison program a break for a weekend or a couple of weeks, allowing them more access to societal settings than they experience in prison.

Can Do Canines works with seven prisons throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, including Chippewa Valley Correctional Facility, Stanley Correctional Institution, and Jackson Correctional Institution. In each, inmates raise and train dogs that are training to be assistance dogs. Once these dogs are about 2½ years old, they will be placed free of charge.

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. To learn more about fostering and to apply to volunteer, visit the Can Do Canines website.