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What's a "Career Change Dog?"

Occasionally, we have a dog that is eligible to be ‘re-purposed’ or ‘recycled’ into a new life; "career changed" into a life as a companion with a fur-ever family.

This usually occurs when there is a characteristic in an otherwise incredible canine that makes him/her unsuitable for a life as an assistance dog: health issues (hip dysplasia, allergies, etc), temperament (displaying fear, resource guarding, high prey drive) or simply lacking the desire to perform the tasks asked of it. These dogs are generally 1-2 years old, have been spayed or neutered and are current on all vaccinations. They are still amazing dogs with unique personalities, have received in-depth training and a high degree of socialization. It also occurs, very rarely though , when the human partner's life circumstances drastically and suddenly change and the partnership no longer works or is viable. In these circumstances, prior to making the dog available for adoption to the public, the first choice is to find a new "job" for the dog...a job that it loves and that loves it! 

They will be fabulous pets for homes that are looking for a canine companion and we seek to place these dogs with local (Minnesota) families.

If you are interested in adopting any of these great dogs, check out the "Career Change Dogs Information Sheet" and "Career Change Dog Application" at the listed links.

Available Dogs


 Photo of Pixie, a 14-month-old Labradoodle laying on a bed with a halo over her head

Pixie is a true real angel!




Hi, my name is Pixie. I’m a 17-month-old Labradoodle and I’m looking for my job as a much-loved family member!

I’m healthy, happy, spayed, up to date on vaccinations, micro-chipped and potty trained! I sleep nicely in my crate and am learning house manners.

My PawPADs family tells me I’m super cute and very smart! I know many of the basic cues: sit, down, touch, etc.

I love to snuggle when I’m not playing, and I’m the perfect water dog in the summer! Oh, I also love hanging out in a hammock!

I’d like to be with someone who possibly works from home or isn't gone for long chunks of time. I’d also like a fenced yard so that I can run and play freely.

. . .download Pixies complete bio

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