Can Do Canines

Rating: 4.79 stars   48 reviews

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

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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?

2013

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife received Diabetic Assist dog Hailey several years ago. My wife was at a very critical point in her life because she has had diabetes for nearly 50 years. We were house bound and I could not turn my back on her as she would just pass out in a matter of moments. Sleeping all night without a very low and dangerous blood sugar episode was impossible. Hailey has changed everything. She catches the low blood sugars before they become a problem and has certainly saved my wife's life dozens of times. Please take the time to go to Can-D0-Canines website and check them out. Try and make it to one of their events. I promise it will change your life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's been remarkable to observe the growth of this organization over the years. The basic idea of training canines to assist folks who need help due to hearing loss, and physical limitations has grown to include assistance for those with diabetes, autism and PTSD. Part of the appeal of volunteering with Can Do Canines was their ability to train dogs from rescue places such as the pound and the Humane Society. They continue to train and match homeless dogs with people who needed assistance - talk about a win-win mission!

Years ago I started volunteering at the office and then began to provide a temporary home for dogs that were being considered for the program. Trainers wanted to know if the dog was compatible with my cats, since some clients already had a cat in their home. Other temperament/behavior issues were carefully considered also and only those dogs with the appropriate personalities were accepted for training.

This wonderful organization continues to professionally train and place exceptional "can-do" canines with deserving clients at no cost to the recipient. Can Do Canines is truly a great non-profit!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I had been looking for an opportunity to work with a group that could use our help and we would also enjoy helping. Can Do was the perfect fit for us. We are Dog People, with three Labradors of our own already.
To understand how much this group and the dogs they provide really mean, just attend a graduation or an event when the amazing dogs are helping their clients. To see the bond and the support these dogs give to their clients is just incredible and this group is doing phenomenal work.
We are so pleased to be associated with Can Do Canines and are volunteers and donors.
Stu Wicklund, Greenfield MN

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband, Frank, received his mobility assistance dog Diva 2 years ago and she has been a Godsend. I know I can go to work each day and not worry as much because she is there when he needs her. Diva will hop up on my side of the bed after I leave and will stay next to Frank if he didn't sleep that night until he is feeling rested and ready to transfer into his wheelchair.
Can Do Canines is a wonderful agency and is staffed by people who sincerely want to be of service to those that need the love and help from a highly trained dog.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I received the most loving, crazy, intelligent, life saver from Can-Do-Canines on 10/03/2013!!! Bubba is a Schipperke that alerts me to dangerously low blood sugars before they become to low to correct on my own or cause me to have a seizure or pass out. He does this all for love and treats. He keeps me safe everyday at work, at home, at hockey games, and everywhere else we go. He had the best training, I hear quite often "I didn't even see your dog". When we are at home is a typical Schipperke, but when we are at work or out in the public he is all business. Can-Do-Canines has been there for me every step of the way, they have made Bubba and I a great team! I can never thank them enough. Can -Do-Canines has done all of this for me for free. The love have for their dogs and their clients is priceless!

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