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

Target demographics: 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

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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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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

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

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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.

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.

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 .

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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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My Mom and I are in Rochester, MN at the mayo clinic for appointments and today (5/29/2014) her service dog, Bella, was attacked inside the hospital by one of "Can Do Canines" standard poodle service dogs. It's terrible they place such an aggressive dog with anyone, let alone someone in a wheelchair.. I honestly fear for this disabled persons safety (as well as others in public such as people and animals) A police report had to be made and the dog had to be banned from the hospital. Thankfully my Mom's service dog is ok from the attack but the handler was very shaken up from the behavior of their dog..

Comments ( 1 )

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Al Peters 06/19/2014

I am Alan Peters, the Executive Director of Can Do Canines. We are aware of the accusation that our assistance dog, Mobility Assist Dog Nigel, attacked this visiting assistance dog, Bella. Nigel graduated our program in 2011and has been on duty since, serving our client, and working in Mayo's lobby regularly for years without any similar issues. He is much loved by staff and visitors alike. We take any such accusation very seriously and are investigating thoroughly. Nigel was not banned from the hospital as stated in the original post. However, we immediately instructed our client to not bring Nigel to work with her until we can perform a full evaluation of the dog and the event. We are arranging that evaluation now. In addition, we have requested the security tapes of this event from Mayo to gain a better understanding of what actually happened, as there can be many subjective opinions of any sudden occurrence between two dogs. While waiting for the tapes we are gathering statements from other witnesses. We want to determine the facts as best we can. Our commitment to our 450+ graduate teams is life-long. We provide counsel and additional training to our graduates whenever it is necessary and will do so in this case as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to one of the open house is back in July and was very impressed with the organization. I heard stories and met people who have benefited from the dogs they've received and it was truly moving. The organization is so dedicated to helping people but also to make sure that the dogs are well cared for. I also attended the woof a roo had a wonderful time. I plan on volunteering with this organization in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can Do Canines is an awesome organization. They truly care about the humans they serve and the dogs they train to serve them. I have researched a number of service animal organizations as I am in need of a hearing dog and Can Do Canines stands out as a quality organizations. If you are in a position to volunteer or contri uteto Can Do Canines I encourage you to do so-