Minnesota’s epic way of giving, Give to the Max, is November 1-16.  This year donations to Helping Paws support the Pearl Litter, nine Golden Retriever puppies born October 16. These puppies will go home with their foster home trainers and begin the training journey some time in December.

This year we also focus on serving our veterans with PTSD: All donations received on Veterans Day, November 11, will be directed to supporting and training service dogs for veterans with PTSD. To know more about all these dogs can do, please see a short video (see the photo link) of veterans talking about their life before and after the dogs stood by their sides.

Many hours of nurturing and training will help transform the Pearl Litter into hard-working, loving service dogs. In return, we commit to tracking the health and well-being of each dog throughout its lifetime, ensuring the best outcome we can for the people we serve and the dogs we love.

The dogs’ lifetime partners are not charged for the expenses of preparing a dog for service, a cost estimated at $30,000 per dog. Our generous donors make all this possible.

How Can You Help?

Donate from November 1—16 through Give to the Max.

If you donate on Saturday, November 11, your donations will be directed to our PTSD service dog program. Your donation will be processed the same day you donate.



Join our Open House on Thursday, November 16.

Celebrate with us for lunch (11:00-1:00), Yappy Hour (4:00-6:00) or observe training classes (6:00-8:00) on Give to the Max Day. You can observe classes at 12:30 and 6:30, and meet other working service dogs in each time session. Our good friends at Davanni’s are sponsoring the light lunch and pizza for the Open House. You can find our training center and Open House at 630 12th Avenue South, Hopkins, MN 55343.

Questions? Please call us at 952-988-9359, Ext. 15.


Thank you for joining us as a Partner in Service, Above & Beyond!