Beyond Our Walls 

In choosing Downtown Dogs you know you are helping your dog get the important stimulation, socialization, and exercise they need. But did you know that you are also helping homeless dogs, the environment, and your local economy? At Downtown Dogs we are committed to reaching beyond our own walls to make the world a better place for pets and people.

We are stewards of our planet
• New HVAC systems installed in 2021 and 2022 increase the health and safety of everyone who enters Downtown Dogs and decrease energy usage by 15%.
• In 2022 we replaced all fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient LED lights.
• Our white roof reduces greenhouse emissions to the ozone layer and saves significant amounts of natural resources with its energy efficiency.

We work hard to attract, train, and retain high caliber employees
Our incredible team is what makes Downtown Dogs stand out from the “pack.” We value our team members and invest in them to ensure they are caring and professional when meeting all of your dog’s needs.
• We offer above industry standard starting pay, wages, and bonuses.
• We provide generous benefits including FREE HEALTH INSURANCE and four weeks of paid family leave on top of the required 12 unpaid weeks.
• We recognize strong performers and encourage promotions from within.

We support nonprofits that help animals
• Each year, we provide over 100 nights of free or discounted boarding to local rescue and foster organizations.
• Throughout the year, we sponsor events and donate gift certificates and prizes to help non-profits further their missions.
• “Change Unleashed!,” is ongoing initiative which raises awareness and funds for a designated local pet welfare organization each quarter. See more below.

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 2 1/2 – 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!

Helping Dogs Find their Forever Homes

We believe every dog deserves love, unlimited belly rubs and a safe home to call their own. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping rescue dogs in need find forever homes in our Twin Cities and greater Minnesota community.

Each year, we are proud to foster more than 100 homeless dogs. We act as a foster home for several animal rescue groups that work tirelessly to help abandoned pets find loving, dedicated families.

There are almost always several foster dogs in our daycare pack, playing, learning what it’s like to feel loved and waiting to meet their forever families. Check in with us to find out which dogs are in foster care and how to contact the rescue organization about adopting.

Rescue Dog Resources

We love that families are created in different ways and with different parts. We support responsible, safe breeders but encourage new pet families to consider rescuing a wonderful pet whenever possible.

If you’re considering adoption, volunteering or becoming a temporary foster family, the Twin Cities is home to several phenomenal rescues working tirelessly to find a home for every sweet hound. Here are a few we regularly work with:

4 Pits Sake Rescue

All Dog Rescue

A Rotta Love Plus

Beautiful Hearts Rescue

The Bond Between

Midwest Animal Rescue

Minnesota Boxer Rescue

MN Pit Bull Rescue

Pet Haven

Spot’s Last Stop

The Rescue Crew

Twin Cities Pet Rescue 

Underdog Rescue

Warrior Dog Rescue

Other Partners

Caitlin Nightengale Photography

Can Do Canines

Indie Pet

International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA)

K9SF Dog Training

Main Street Alliance

Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW)

Mission Animal Hospital

My Pit Bull Is Family

North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center

Page Education Foundation

People & Pets Together


The Street Dog Coalition

Twin Cities Caricatures


Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation

West Market District