Can Do Canines

Rating: 4.74 stars   53 reviews 1,355

Issues: Animals, Health, Human Services

Location: 9440 Science Center Drive New Hope MN 55428 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: More than 470 people with disabilities have received their own fully trained assistance dog, free of charge.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 36 people with disabilities by pairing them with their own assistance dog.
Geographic areas served: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Programs: 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 41-1594165
763-331-3000
www.can-do-canines.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
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!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure more people know about the wonderful things they do!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I became familiar with Can Do Canines about three years ago. I have personally witnessed the benefits that a service dog from this organization has provided for two individuals that I know, a man with a degenerative disease and a woman with cerebral palsy.The amazing dogs so professionally trained by Can Do Canines have increased independence in their knew owners and have also provided companionship which is priceless. The thoroughness of the training for the dog as well as for the client (new owner) is remarkable. I see the woman with cerebral palsy on a regular basis and have been impressed by the change in self confidence and independence and love that has grown since she has had the opportunity to have a service dog from Can Do Canines .

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My family has been a Can Do Canines volunteer since 2010 and over the years, we have had the pleasure of sharing our home with 16 puppies. We have done both short and long term fostering as well as puppy raising two of them. One of the puppies was donated from a breeder the other one came from a shelter, but all of them have a special place in our hearts. The staff is always professional, supportive, patient and very knowledgeable. It is apparent that this is so much more than a job for them. The health and safety of the dogs is a top priority at Can Do Canines, however, they are just as concerned about the people they place the dogs with. It's a bond like no other so it's important that it's a perfect match. We are so proud to be a part of this amazing organization and would highly recommend it to volunteers and prospective recipients alike. Three cheers (and barks) for Can Do Canines!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Can Do Canines has opened a whole new world for our family. Raising two teenagers can be challenging but when our two mentioned interest in having another dog, we encouraged them to check out what we would need to be volunteers and raise a puppy for someone else. Can Do Canines answered our call. Our kids have been 100% involved in raising puppies and are eager to share with others about the impact these puppies have on individuals who haven't been as fortunate as we have been. They truly have become more selfless, compassionate young adults. They go to classes, outings and even run errands because the pups need to be socialized. WE ALL know the impact the dogs have on individuals who need the service of these dogs, but the impact they have had on our family, coworkers and friends has been just as valuable. We love being ambassadors for Can Do Canine and have committed to continued support for an organization that POSITIVELY impacts, every individual who comes in to contact with one of the dogs. Our only regret is that we didn't begin sooner! Can Do Canines makes a difference!

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Contrary to another review, I can say that Con Do Canines DOES use rescue animals in their program. I am a volunteer who has trained rescues animals to be service dogs and want to continue to do so as it is double duty in helping Can Do's clients as well as dogs who may not have another opportunity for a life such as they have with their clients. I was introduced to Can Do in a presentation at my place of work. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity after retirement helping people and dogs, and there it was! I couldn't wait until retirement so am juggling it all now and have never been more satisfied. Wonderful organization, wonderful people who truly love these animals and work hard to produce the best service dogs at not cost to the client.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Can Do Canines does NOT use rescue animals and relies on breeding programs for their dogs...tells the volunteers that volunteering is not enough, they expect financial donations too. Too much focus on autism-not enough focus on service/hearing dogs etc. Shady organization that I have washed my hands of.

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I'm Al Peters, Executive Director of Can Do Canines. We make no secret of our breeding program or the fact that we need financial support from everyone possible, so that we can provide our well-trained assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities. I'm not sure why this reviewer is so unhappy and would be glad to share information with them if they would contact me directly. We continue to use shelter dogs when we can find qualified candidates there, but the demands of our specialized training requires dogs that are nearly perfect, both physically and in temperament, and those are hard to find in shelters. We have about 187 people waiting for assistance dogs right now and the largest disability type is children with autism. However we continue to serve all five areas of service each year. Who receives the next dog is determined by both who has waited the longest and what the next dog's skills and temperament are best suited to perform. For example, some dogs are better suited for autism work but would not work well as mobility dogs. The dog's needs are considered when we decide which person and which disability type is the best match.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I & my husband have been involved with CanDoCanines for years with the Lions organization.
All these dogs are wonderfully trained to help so many of those needing help to be independent & the many children that has had comfort & come to have a better life with being able to be so comforted. Keeping up the awesome work of helping the handicap is soooooooooooooo needed. God Bless!!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being a veterinarian and dog lover I was able to give back to the community by raising 2 eager to please puppies for Can-Do-Canines, an assistance dog organization in New Hope, MN. The staff devotion and knowledge, the volunteer dedication and compassion and the great needs being met make this Nonprofit one of the most awesome that I have ever been involved with. Seeing and hearing the struggles with everyday living that the dog recipients have and how one dog can give them independence and comfort makes giving up the puppies I have raised and loved worth it. I take for granted being able to bend over to pick up something I've dropped or ( when my children were that age) for my toddler not to run off in a panicked meltdown at the mall. Seeing the puppies I raised perform a simple task to help a person in need is more heartwarming than I can explain. Being a part of something bigger and bringing peace of mind to the families who have the dogs now has blessed me as much as it has them. although it has been over a year since the second puppy went to his new owner people ask me about him all the time, where he is and how he is doing. I learned so much through the experience too.

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10 dogs ago we received our first service dog in training. Not knowing squat about dogs we were a little nervous. But Can Do Canines, actually Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota at the time, gave us direction and training to help us do what was needed. Jordan went on to certify as a seizure assist dog. What a rewarding experience! We were hooked. Can Do Canines has come a long way in there puppy raiser program and have done amazing things for the clients that have come to them for an assistance dog. All free of charge to them. We have now raised 7 dogs that have gone on to certify as service dogs, and are training our tenth. I still get a tear to my eyes when I think of the great opportunity I have provided to others with life challenging issues. Can Do Canines is TRUELY an AMAZING non-profit organization!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have a dog from Can Do Canines.
I expected my dog to do work for me but never did I for a moment realize the change she would make in me.
After having a few falls in public before her I had decided to stay in my home as much as possible and because of the depression that came with my disability I cut off as much outside contact as possible. I even refused to see my own family and spoke to them only on holidays.
Then along came my assistance dog Camille. I wasnt too sure at first about trusting her but after being awaken from a fire starting in my home I had little doubt I could trust her.
With Camilles help we are truly a team and she makes sure I get out of the house everyday and visit with people and she LOVES to see my nephews and even cries in the car as we get closer to seeing them. :)
THANK YOU Can Do Canines and all those involved in bringing Camille into my life she really had saved my life!

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