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Can Do Canines

Rating: 4.79 stars   71 reviews 2,706


9440 Science Center Drive New Hope MN 55428 USA


Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one.


More than 470 people with disabilities have received their own fully trained assistance dog, free of charge.

Target demographics:

people with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year:

32 people with disabilities by pairing them with their own assistance dog.

Geographic areas served:

Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin


Our assistance dogs fetch amazing things. They provide the gifts of freedom, independence, and peace of mind to our clients and their families. These wonderful canines are often adopted from local animal shelters and are specially trained for our clients who live with disabilities that involve mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, autism, or diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness. Dogs, training and supplies are provided to each client free of charge thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers and contributions from generous individuals, corporations, foundations and service groups like the Lions.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

My sister received her hearing assistance dog Autumn last year and it has changed her life. Autumn lets her know when someone is at the door, when the timer on the oven goes off, and can alert her during the night when her hearing aides are out that the smoke alarm is going off. Autumn has greatly reduced the worries our parents and I had about her living on her own. We were always afraid that there would be a fire and she would just sleep through it. Can Do Canines is amazing and really helps so many people have wonderful independent lives!

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I've volunteered for Can Do Canines over several years. The mission is extraordinary and staff and volunteers are excellent. I've seen other assistance animal training organizations who do not use the same sensible and cost-effective methods of sourcing and training dogs. I respect their methodology and keen attention to high quality outcomes for both the client and the dog.

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I am greatly inspired by Can Do Canines and support them whenever possible. Their mission is a simple one - to help those with challenges/disabilities by providing them with an assistance dog - but it's very effective and life-changing. I am always gratified when I read their newsletter "The Howler", and see the difference they are making with people that might be your neighbor. I know when I give, I'm giving to a greater cause; that they are doing excellent work, and that the recipients of these beautiful dogs are breathing a little easier because Can Do Canines exists; there's nothing better really, is there?

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i became a fan of Can Do Canines through my son and his wife from down in the Cities. What a wonderful organization that truly changes lives of not only the courageous recipients but also the precious loving animals. Keep up the great work! Mary F. Northern Mn

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My daughter and I attended on of the Sat. introduction sessions and you introduced a few of the current recipients with their new assistant dogs and it brought tears to my eyes. We were going to become volunteers but my daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer so we have to put those plans on hold for the time being. I think Can Do Canines is a wonderful joyful experience and the volunteers are so giving and caring.

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I have volunteered for Can Do Canines for the past few years. I am so impressed with the staff dedication and expertise in training these dogs and matching them with people, free of charge, who can benefit so greatly from them. Kudos to my favorite charity!!!

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I have contributed to this wonderful organization for many years. It has a dual purpose in helping people achieve independence as well as helping dogs acquire the training they need and find good homes. I feel my donations are well spent on the people and the animals in need and Can Do Canines does such a great job at keeping their administrative costs to a minimum. BRAVO

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Rating: 4 stars  

Can Do Canines Assistance Dogs is one of the premier assistance dog organizations I have ever encountered. As a nonprofit, they have excelled in training and placing assistance dogs for a variety of needs to clients whose lives are forever changed by having an assistance dog that offers them independence that would have never been possible, even training to assist clients with more than one disability. They are always accessible for assistance to their clients' needs. Over the years, CDCAD has responsibly and slowly moved forward to achieve a training center that is state of the art to expand the number of clients receiving assistance dogs and a welcoming beacon of hope to everyone who comes through their door. I was especially drawn to CDCAD with their program of rescuing potential service dogs from animal control and humane shelters whose owners had seen no value in, allowing them to become loved and priceless to the clients they are placed with.

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Two points:

1) Volunteering with Can Do Canines is like Chicken Soup for the Soul....

I have volunteered with Can Do Canines over the past year as a puppy raiser, long term foster and short term foster. People always say, "Giving back the dog would break my heart - how do you do it?!"

No doubt, it is hard. Tears are shed. Home doesn't feel like home. Things are suddenly quiet....

But the sad tears are far outnumbered by the tears of joy and pride. Seeing your former family member profoundly change a life is like no other feeling. Opening your home and pouring your heart, sweat and tears into a puppy - to better the life of someone you've never met - is the gold standard of selflessness.

2) Can Do Canines is a fantastic organization for young people to get involved with and make a significant impact!

As a younger person, volunteering with Can Do Canines has far exceeded my wildest expectations. I have never felt like a cog in the wheel - but a meaningful player in an important game. Additionally, my discretionary spending is not great enough to make a financial impact, so using my time to directly change lives is quite an amazing feeling.

Over the past year of volunteering with Can Do Canines, I have nothing but fantastic things to say about the organization, their mission, the facilities, the staff and other volunteers.

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I have been a supporter of Can Do Canine for years. their work with dogs and clients alike is exemplary. I feel that my money goes towards training and placement of fabulous dogs who can change people's lives. My husband and I like them so much they are in our will!
Pat and Paul in Bloomington MN

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