In 2021, sister businesses Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out launched “Change Unleashed!” as an ongoing commitment to raise awareness and funds for pet welfare organizations in our community.

In June 2023, we opened Change Unleashed! Barktique in our lobbies. These retail spaces feature only goods that give back to people, pets or the planet. Plus we donate 3% of all merchandise sales to local pet nonprofits.

Meet our April – September 2024 Change Unleashed! partner:


Their mission:

To enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.

Check out these facts about Can Do Canines: 

  • Since 1989, Can Do Canines has provided more than 900 assistance dogs to people with disabilities in MN and WI.
  • Fully-trained dogs are provided to clients who live with mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, type 1 diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness, or childhood autism.
  • Each dog is trained by Can Do Canines for 21/2-3 years.
  • About 600 people currently serve as Can Do Canines volunteers. Many host one or more dogs in their home to help the pups develop initial skills.
  • Can Do Canines also trains dogs to be in facilities like hospitals and partners with eight different prisons where select inmates help raise and train the dogs.
  • Although it costs about $45,000 to raise each assistance dog, Can Do Canines is able to provide their fully-trained dogs to every client free of charge, thanks to the generosity of donors.

From April 1 to September 30, 2024, we invite our customers to join us in supporting Can Do Canines.

Here are five ways you can help:

  1. Round up or donate an extra $2, $5, $10 or more to Can Do Canines when you checkout at Downtown Dogs or Dog’s Day Out.
  2. Make a purchase at Change Unleashed! Barktique and we’ll donate 3% of sales to Can Do Canines.
  3. Place an order through Twin Cities Caricatures and they will donate 25% of the proceeds to Can Do Canines.
  4. Donate to Can Do Canines here.
  5. Learn more about Can Do Canines and opportunities to volunteer, including becoming a DOG HOST!

Can Do Canines envisions a world where people with disabilities live free and independent lives.

Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out believe that together we CHANGE the lives of pets in need!

Beyond Our Walls 

Did you know that in choosing our expert, dog-loving team for your fur baby’s bathing and grooming, you are also helping homeless dogs, the environment, and your local economy? At Dog’s Day Out (and Downtown Dogs, our sister business and next door neighbor) we are committed to reaching beyond our own walls to make the world a better place for pets and people. For more information on this and a list of rescue partners and resources visit