Are you interested in joining an organization where you get to see the immediate impact of your contributions each day?  If so, we would like to talk to you!

Helping Paws is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Hopkins, Minnesota.  We are dedicated to the breeding, training and placement of assistance dogs for people who have physical disabilities and for Veterans and first responders who have PTSD.  We also provide facility dogs that are partnered with a facilitator working in a care giving, educational or courtroom setting.  The human/animal bond is the foundation of Helping Paws, and we celebrate the mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between them each day.

As a Helping Paws employee, you will enjoy knowing that you make a difference each day. Full-time employees receive a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Health, dental and long-term disability insurance
  • Paid time off**
  • Employer matched Simple IRA plan**
  • Eleven Paid Holidays
  • Professional development opportunities**

**Also available to part-time employees

Helping Paws is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees.  As a part of this process, we will conduct a criminal background check on all new hires. If you want to know that you make a difference and are interested in learning more, please apply today!

Helping Paws shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and sexual orientation), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, other protected classes recognized by applicable state or local law, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Available Career Openings

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“When you are newly injured your life changes dramatically and you don’t know how to get around in the world anymore or how to get things done. I probably drop 20 things a day but Runa is right there to pick them up and give them to me. During the winter, wearing layers of clothing is quite a challenge and Runa is critical to me in helping with gloves, jackets, sweaters, etc. Not to mention turning on and off lights and opening doors. Runa has opened up my life again. With her by my side I am looking forward to what comes next.” Graduate Erin and her partner Runa


“Java has transformed my life. He allows me to go where I feel most vulnerable, which is anywhere outside of the house. He loves me unconditionally and is a light in my life and everywhere I take him. Java is there for me when things go bad, often halting the worsening of symptoms and bringing me back. He is my battle buddy, and I am forever grateful.”  Veteran Graduate Adam and his partner Java


“Courthouse dog Norie assists the division by working in the court system helping victims and witnesses. Her impact on individual victims has been positive and profound. She is a gentle and intelligent dog that has an amazing calming effect on victims. She is a valuable asset to the County and the people we serve. Norie has helped many young and older victims. Recently, she sat in a meeting and the victim would reach down and pet her while she was talking. After the meeting, the victim asked if Norie could be at future meetings, “She helped me so much today.”  Facility Handler Bill and his partner Norie