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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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!

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

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

Kristen47

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Can Do Canines donor, and my daughter hopes to one day have a diabetic alert dog. Can Do Canines does an excellent job thanking donors, telling their clients' stories and promoting volunteer and event opportunities for the public to participate. Their storytelling, in particular, is incredibly inspirational and of a very high quality. I appreciate the fact that they put their clients first (humans and canines!) and that is evident in everything they do.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

After a long research about autism assistance dogs I came in contact with Can do canines. Even though we have not received the dog for our son with autism yet, so far we have only great things to say about Can do canines. Our questions are answered right away and besides the long wait, almost 3 years on the waiting list, so far no complains, just hope that our son will match with a dog from this wonderful organization soon

1 Addie M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work of Can Do Canines. Through enormous efforts of volunteers, donors and community support, CDC provides assistance dogs for people with hearing or mobility problems, seizure or diabetes, or for children with autism, at no cost to the recipient.

Some of the dogs in this programs are part of their breeding program, but some are rescued from local shelters/humane societies. Volunteers help raise/train puppies. One thing that really impressed me about how CDC is that they also have a program with two local prisons where prisoners work with the dogs to refine their skills before they are placed with their human partners.

But of course the huge impact is that made by the assistance dog in each person's life. One has only to attend a CDC graduation ceremony and listen to each person's story to recognize that. And seeing the capabilities of these dogs is amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our son received his Diabetic Assistance dog in March 2013. She is the best help and friend! Prior to the two of them being matched, our son had unfortunate experiences medically because of Hypoglycemic Unawareness. That's a lack of awareness of low blood sugar symptoms. All the medical/technical kinds of assistance by way of CGM and an insulin pump could not protect him as well as his diabetic assistance dog does. As a family member, we are so very grateful for all the contributions of time, talent and financial assets given by Can Do Canines staff, volunteers and everyone who worked together to build our son and his dog as a team. We feel so much safer knowing that his dog is on duty to alert him when his blood sugar is low or high and persist so that he takes measures to correct either before serious experiences happen. His dog is a very treasured friend to our son.