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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

112 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.

2 Sable R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have Parkinson's disease and many other medical issues. This is what I wrote to my pup on on our second anniversary together, when I was given this miracle, my girl from Can Do Canines. I realize it is written to my pup, but in reality it is a thank you to Can Do Canines.

It is hard to believe that two years ago today I was given a true miracle, you. When I applied for a dog at Can Do Canines never in my greatest dreams did I KNOW you would become my hope, my independence, my confidant, and my reason to get out of bed and try. Learning to live again was tougher than I thought it would be, challenges I never dreamt of. You see Teenie, I did not realize, nor want to acknowledge, I was getting so tired of struggling to simply exist. I was losing my life inch by inch. But with you there by my side, each step of the way, you helped me start all over again. Independence can come as a surprise when you think you are living; I sincerely thought I was doing okay, but in reality was not. I was giving up on just about everything….. Yes, I was doing what was necessary but not much more. I was only surviving the challenges placed before me.

Because of my condition I had lost most of my friends, it is hard to have a friend with a chronic and terminal disease. You become more work than most people honestly want to put into a person. And suddenly there you were, my friend, my confident. You licked away my tears and cheered at my successes. I could even see you roll your eyes at my stupid moments! Your sarcasm makes me laugh; which is one of the greatest gifts you have given me. You have encouraged me to take that next step; to persist, to become much more resilient, to search for the security that I once thought was within myself. You have helped me to rediscover myself. All these gifts, and so many more, I honestly do not believe I could have recaptured without you. Your quiet, unassuming personality was the perfect match for me. You accepted all of my moments, no matter where I was emotionally, mentally and physically and I truly believe that is what helped me to reengage with life.

You have given me an entirely new family, from your puppy raiser, "KC" and her family to other puppies she has raised and their families. You have given me dear friends through FB, some I have met, others I dream of meeting. You have given me a family at Can Do Canines. I wish I had the words to express my gratitude for all of these incredible people. Teenie, you are the axis of my flourishing life.

My dear Teenie to say I am grateful for you is simply not enough. To say that I have become stronger, out of love and necessity, simplifies our relationship. To say thank you for the patience, kindness, silliness, dedication, and ultimately your love, compassion and trust sounds so small in comparison to the fullness you have given me. You have showed me what it is like to leave the limited light of the stars at night and enter the sunshine, to feel alive once more.

Your skills have given me security and let the fear leave my life. You understand my anxiety and have replaced it with genuine love and trust. I may encounter raging rivers and challenges I did not think I could endure; but yet you ensure my safety each day. You remind me that these are only winds and they can bring a lifetime of change. You show me each and every day what the saying, “this is but a moment,” means.
You have, in these two short years, reminded me that life is meant to be lived by and through love….isn’t that what life should be about?

Without Can Do Canines none of this would have been possible. To say thank you seems minute compared to the gifts I have been given from Can Do Canines. This organization has given so much and asks for so little. All they want to do is makes lives independent, safe and ultimately loved by the dogs they put their heart and soul into.

Harold J. F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can Do Canines changes people's lives, and I love being involved with an organization like that. They provide assistance dogs to people that need them free of charge. And all I have to do to aid in that mission, is the soak up some love from puppies. Sure, I've spent some money and time doing that, but it is well worth it. And the have volunteer opportunities involve donating your time without a financial commitment. The trainers and staff are just phenomenal, and I find it very rewarding being involved with Can Do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been involved with Can Do Canines since 2013 when we began fostering for the CDC Prison Inmate Program. Since that time we have fostered, puppy raised, whelped a litter of future "superstars" and learned to appreciate the depth and value of what CDC offers to its clients. Over the past number of years we have come to realize how important Dogs can be in the lives of humans and the miraculous things they can be trained to do. We have witnessed the impact that each of these dogs have from the moment they enter the program until their ultimate placement. The CDC dogs change so many lives for the better!! We have witnessed inmates turn their lives around, people finding a purpose in life and ultimately seeing persons with disabilities getting their freedom, dignity and lives restored! CDC dogs truly do change the world...one dog at a time!! CDC has high standards and instills strong work ethics in their Service/Assistance Dogs while also being one of the most financially efficient non-profit organizations we have ever supported! Being part of CDC (at any level) provides you with an extended family in which you are treated with so much respect and kindness. CDC has one of the best training programs that focuses on five distinct disciplines of assistance dogs, all managed by an outstanding Team who work "hand in hand" with volunteers to unite together to bring out the best in the dogs, clients and all involved. Without question, CDC makes a difference!!!

Melissa Cohen S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Can-Do-Canines for more than two years now. This is one incredible organization and I am so proud to be involved. I walk/exercise the assistance dogs in final training every week. They are a joy. I also participate by volunteering at fundraising events, such as the "Woofaroo" and the "Fetching Ball" gala.

These canines are the smartest creatures on earth and have been so dutifully, patiently and lovingly trained by such a professional and talented Can-Do-Canines staff. And, the fact that they utilize the talent incarcerated in Minnesota state prisons to help initiate some of the training is such a win-win for both dog and prisoner on so many levels. And, so many volunteers are involved with breeding, whelping, Good Start, puppy training and fostering. THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!!!

(Please, please, please check out the Can-Do-Canines website for more information.) What an esteem-builder for everyone involved! I love and admire everything Can-Do-Canines does with and for the dogs and clients. Attend a "Tails to Tell" -- the stories will melt your heart, make you cry and laugh. Do NOT hesitate. Check it our RIGHT NOW!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Can Do Canines for the past 3 years. They are an amazing agency to work with. They truly care about their dogs, their volunteers and making the world a better place for those who are in need!

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Dee_32

Donor

Rating: 5

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?

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Kyle33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing program. Not only do they provide life changing dogs to those in need of assistance, they use the prison system to help in training. My son unfortunately met the wrong person when he was 18 and landed himself in prison. This program was a life changer for him and many others in the system.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I even start with this amazing nonprofit that completely changed my daughter's day-to-day living? Can Do Canines literally GAVE Samantha's life back to her.

There are so many amazing ways they've done this. Samantha's mobility assist service dog, Obie, is by her side every minute of every day. He picks things up off of the floor so that she doesn't have to bend down, risking a severe and immediate drop in her blood pressure which causes her to pass out without warning. Before Obie, she knocked out her front teeth and has sustained several concussions. He helps her up or down the stairs, braces himself to assist her when she needs to get up from sitting on the floor, opens doors (he's a real gentleman), brings things to her from another family member, brings her credit card up to the counter to pay a bill, and even delivers laundry downstairs to the laundry room. Now if we could just train him to fold it and put it away. ;0)

Obie can go get help if Samantha needs him to. He can retrieve her phone if asked. He also carries her medical information in his vest pocket in case of an emergency. As a parent, those are three of the most comforting things I could've ever hoped for. I used to worry about her non-stop, to the point that I couldn't focus on anything else. Now I know that Obie has her back, whether that's at college (which she's been able to go back to) or at the grocery store-wherever. They've become an inseparable team!

Can Do Canines not only provided Obie free of charge, but also food and supplies to get started, amazing trainers so that the two of them learned how to work together, lots of client education, and a lifetime of support. If Samantha needs Obie to do a task that he wasn't originally trained for, she can contact Can Do at anytime and they with assist her with training him to perform the new skill.

Last, but far from least, Obie has vastly improved Samantha's emotional health. She feels safe again, able to trust (and even push) her body a bit more knowing that Obie will be there to help when needed. This has resulted in fewer doctor visits and days spent in bed not feeling well. He even motivated her to be active again and go for a walk or to the dog park because she knows he enjoys them so much. She wants to take care of him as well as he takes care of her.

Thank you Can Do Canines for not only changing my daughter's life, but ours as well. You've FAR exceeded any expectations we could've even imagined. I would have never dreamed that a four-legged angel could enter our lives and make such an incredible difference. May you always have the funding to bless others' lives as you've blessed ours!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't know Can Do Canines existed until 3 years ago when a friend of mine took me to their luncheon. It was there that I listened to and met a man who hot an assistance dog and his live had improved so much. Then I learned that no one pays for their assistance dog.........that is amazing. That day I also met many pups who were on the road to being assistance dogs and heard the remarkable tale of the training it takes to get a pup ready for someone in need. I don't at this time live near enough to Can Do Canines to be of any help, but if I did I would certainly volunteer there. It is a most deserving organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a child, we have dreams that cannot conceive boundaries. As an adult, we often find that those very dreams are not the reality that we may live. Try as we may, life has its own plan for each of us; moments that can define who we may become. At the time, I was in my early thirties, boundaries began to shape my life. Limitations that had become a daily struggle that ultimately became the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Those boundaries that I could not even conceive as a child had, indeed, become my reality.

A defining moment occurred when I learned about Can Do Canines. I had not even thought of the possibility of a mobility assistance dog, let alone how a four-legged angel could, and would, change my life.

The list of skills that Justeen does daily for me has given me the gift of reengaging in life. The challenges are still there, and always will be, but Justeen makes accomplishing the everyday tasks possible and with less pain. She opens drawers and doors, picks up and retrieves all of the items that my rigid hands drop constantly, carries bags in and out of stores for me, empties my grocery bags, and tugs my laundry basket to where I need it to be. She has given me peace of mind by being able to get the emergency phone when I have needed it. Justeen has become my ambassador in stores; just having her at my side verifies that I do need extra assistance and I no longer have to search for help. This angel has truly given me my life back, simplified my life with her extensive skills, and returned my independence. Justeen has also given my husband peace of mind for when he is not at my side. This sweet, kind, gentle angel has literally become my life-line, partner, and ambassador.

Without an extremely dedicated staff and volunteers none of this could be possible. There are now over 500 partnerships that Can Do Canines has willingly and freely given. I am grateful that I was one of those "furever " teams.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Losing Sandy, my first hearing dog of ten years, was not only heartbreaking, but with her went many normal securities of life that many take for granted. Knowing when the alarm clock is going off, when the phone is ringing, or someone is at the door....knowing when the oven timer is beeping, the teapot is boiling, or if my husband needs me in another room....and being alert to the fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarms blaring, or an intruder are all things I miss. I'm severely hearing impaired, about 80% deaf. Without my hearing aids I can't hear a dog bark.

It took about two years of missing these things before I was ready to give my heart to another "Sandy". My second hearing dog was a gift. An American Eskimo, which I began training when she was 14 weeks old. I am so very thankful that CanDoCanine accepted her to complete her training and be certified through their nonprofit organization. CanDoCanine provided my first hearing dog, so I was fully confident that they would send me off with the needed security and the best obedience for public access.

If you are interested, our story along with a photo is in the fall of 2015 newsletter on CanDoCanine's website. My new hearing dog's name is Shiya. It means "Snow at Dawn". Her white fluffy body gently lays across my chest (with an added lick or two) as she awakes me each morning when she hears the alarm clock. She loves working. I've caught her sitting on the end of my bed just waiting for the alarm to go off!

Through the support of individuals and organizations, CanDoCanine has provided the restored confidence and peace of mind to live daily life at home or elsewhere. Shiya and I are a team now....just like Sandy and I were for all those years. Thank you CanDoCanine, and Dora our trainer. What a blessing these dogs have been.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the best!!! I can't imagine my life without my service dog.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Kelly168

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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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Al Peters 03/29/2015

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Deb_41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Stu W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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