Can Do Canines
Rating: 4.79 stars 71 71 reviews
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.
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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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.
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!!!
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.
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.
I begin volunteering with Can Do Canines over two years ago and in that time I learned so much about what a great organization they truly are. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to their cause and this is shown as they continue to grow and are able to provide more and more assistance dogs to those in need. I can't say enough about how much Can Do Canines is able to change people's lives and provide them with a new way to live their lives and a new best friend. Thank you, Can Do Canines, for everything you do!!
I have been a volunteer on multiple capacities for this organization and I can't say enough positive things about this organization! The people involved from the top down passionately care about getting these life changing and life saving service dogs into the hands of those who desperately need them free of charge. It takes a village to do great things and Can Do Canines has one of the most compassionate, generous, and caring village I have ever been a part of.
We have been volunteers for Can-Do-Canines for over 15 years. We have seen so many cute puppies grow up to be assistance dogs and new members to countless families that have a special need. They are not just pets, they become lifelines for those that need help.
We admire Can-Do-Canines, for all they do to help so many people (children and adults).
We will continue to support this great organization and hope others will too.
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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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.