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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Health, Human Services

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

Target demographics: people with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 people with disabilities by pairing them with their own assistance dog.

Geographic areas served: Minnesota and 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.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tiffany62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have actively volunteered for Can Do Canines for 2 and a half years so far and I can honestly say it is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. The staff truly appreciates our efforts and the end result changes lives. I get to snuggle puppies, learn how to train service dogs, and meet lots of new people...I have made so many new friends. The clients are so grateful to receive their service dog...it is amazing to be a part of that process.

Angie49

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had my assistance dog from Can Do Canines for six years now. Each one of those six years Can Do Canines has been there for us! Anytime I have needed their help, which honestly isn’t that often because of how well they trained both of us for this journey I’m on in my life. They provided me with a four-legged life saver whose got my back in more ways than I can count. Thank you Can Do Canines!!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Jackie T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a high school student I volunteered to raise money by working at the Renaissance Festival Pet Gate. I believe in this nonprofit Because I have two daughters with special needs and I have seen the power of these amazing animals helping children and adults like my girls!

Brittani F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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Woofaroo was a great time

Lindsey B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer there regularly and the work they do is amazing and ever one is super friendly and supportive

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what Cab Do Canines is doing for all of those in need of a service dog. I know a bit about what it takes to train service dogs, and what it takes is a village! These people work tirelessly for these dogs and their future humans that they will service.

Claire R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have seen first hand the amazing commitment of the organization both to the clients and the dogs, and they respect and treat the volunteers amazingly!

Cheryl H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have only had positive interactions and respect; even when conversations are tough. They (CDC) treat both assist dogs and potential clients; but initially, the main focus is the dogs. Your application is reviewed, your resources and recommendations are contacted. Once your application for a service/assist is approved, you are interviewed in your home via video. This is shared with all staff to help match you with the best assist dog for you. All Staff are aware of what the dog and you need. That’s how it starts and that perspective never ends. I have had my combination assist dog since July 2018 and I have had the ear of the trainers for myself and Catalina; needing feedback, directives on an issue, or sharing an “Atta Girl!

Mary S.13

Client Served

Rating: 3

My son has Caudal Regression Syndrome which affects the lower portion of his body making walking and getting around difficult. Just getting out of bed and normal everyday activities were difficult and he was starting to get depressed. We applied to Can Do Canines for a mobility assist dog. A few months later he was matched to Mobility Assist Dog Kane. Kane has been a god send as he has provided my son with a reason to continue to get up and move around, he helps him with walking and picking things up when dropped and he has become Jake's best friend. The Can Do Canine program is so wonderful and so appreciated by the people and families they have impacted as they do such a fabulous job of training and preparing these hard working and loveable assistance dogs.

Joan S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are short-term foster dogs for this wonderful organization. What a difference they are making in people's lives. It's a whole network of volunteers to raise a dog for such worthy causes. Proud to be part of it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit!! 100% class act from top to bottom!! Such an amazing resource for anyone with a disability need!!

Ruth L.3

Donor

Rating: 5

The work they do is extremely valuable to the people who need service dogs. They can become independent with the help of a service dog. The care and training that goes into these service dogs is unbelievable. Keep up the great work!!!!

Haddayr C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a beautifully-trained service dog, months of training, and constant access to a trainer afterward. All at no fee. They are incredibly well organized, compassionate, responsive, and helpful. Tristan has helped me in ways I never could have imagined.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was a recipient of a Can Do Canine and was helped immensely! He loves his assistance dog and will periodically ask me if Cooper will last forever. The trainers were wonderful with training the dog and me as the dog's handler. They followed up with us and were there to answer any questions we had after we brought him home. They do not charge the clients for these dogs so to continue their mission, they need generous people to come alongside them. If you are looking for an organization to donate your time and money to, this is certainly a worthy one.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started volunteering with Can Do Canines to be a puppy raiser. They have been very thorough with their orientation to the organization and their expectations for volunteers. The Can Do Canines staff are very supportive and are always available to answer questions. We have gone through several training sessions held by Can Do Canines. The training is done in a very professional manner; sessions are very well organized and extremely informative. Can Do Canines has a very clear mission statement and they hold fast to this mission. They seem to do everything possible to serve their clients and support the volunteers that help with this fantastic organization. We look forward to volunteering with them for a very long time.















Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no finer Nonprofit! We have been working with CDC for several years and it is an all around first class organization. Win, win, win, seems to be the worthy goal of CDC. It is a win for the clients who are served in the most honorable way by receiving service animals who enhance every day of their lives. It's a win for the volunteers who help each other and incarcerated individuals achieve goals they never thought possible, and it's a win for the CDC employees who work hard every day to help these two groups of people come together. This is an organization that continuously strives to reach higher goals and it proves itself deserving of its volunteers' time and its donors' dollars time and time again.

Karen Deans Debee F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Years ago, while I was raising my 4 young children and family dogs :), I happened upon an organization that was requesting volunteer foster families for their puppies who would, after about 2 years, become military or law enforcement canines. The idea struck me as a wholly rewarding experience for both the pup and the family, and I kept the idea in the back of my mind. Years later, my own children grown and on their own and me without a furry friend, I searched for a canine organization to attach myself to. I found and researched about 4 different organizations in the area before deciding upon Can Do Canines. What really impressed me was not only the scope and experience of the organization, but especially that the clients were carefully matched with a *Free* service dog! W-O-W. The education, support, and flexibility given to all the volunteers is enormous! The amount of individual persons learning from, loving, training and benefiting from each pup/dog is sometimes hard to fathom and I often get a lump in my throat thinking about it: everyone from the whelping home, to the prison inmates and personnel, to the fostering families, and ultimately the paired client! The word 'lucky' doesn't say enough. I am so Blessed and Honored to be included in this wonderful service dog organization family! Can Do Canines: THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Sheree G.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Can Do Canines is a fabulous organization helping disable clients to live independently as possible. I received a hearing dog in 2001 and was amaze how this organization worked with clients putting a dog into a client's home. I highly recommend this organization to all people who are thinking of getting a service animal to help in their daily life and living. This is a top notch nonprofit as I ever seen and they love what they do to help disable people live life to the fullness. Thank you Can Do Canines for being a part of my life and to enrich my life to the best of my capabilities. Proud of YOU everyone for doing an outstanding job for our great community and for the state of Minnesota.

Linda E.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization and what they do for individuals in need. I have been to a graduation ceremony where the trainers officially hand over the dogs to their people. Brings me to tears every time at the amazing skills of the dogs. I use this organization as the beneficiary when I make memorial gifts for loved ones that have passed away.

Donor

Rating: 5

We wish to donate $115.00 in memory of Mr Tom Untiedt. Sincerely, Ken and Betty Pierskalla

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family lives were changed the day we started puppy raising for Can Do Canines. We thought we would try to help raise a puppy that would go on and make a huge difference in the life of someone in need and 8 dogs later we can say the joy and laughter these puppies have brought into our lives and the feeling of accomplishment is just the start of the pride we feel.
These four legged friends can go out and be the difference for so many families and knowing we have a little part in the process is amazing. The staff at Can Do Canines are the best people a company could ask for. I love being a part of this organization.