Can Do Canines (MINNESOTA) 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.
Can do Canines is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that trains and places five distinct types of assistance dogs with people who have disabilities, free of charge. They train assistance dogs to help with hearing loss, mobility challenges, seizure disorders, type 1 diabetes and childhood autism. This Minnesota based organization placed their first assistance dog in 1989 and has since graduated more than 500 similar assistance dog teams, placed with people living in seven states.
Many breeds of dogs have been trained to be assistance dogs. Dogs have ranged in size and breed from a 4-pound Poodle to a 95-pound Doberman, but the most common graduates are Labrador Retrievers. Some of their traineesd are donated by breeders, some come from their own breeding program and, whenever possible, homeless dogs are selected from animal shelters. Dogs are raised and partially trained by more than 85 dedicated volunteer Puppy Raisers or in one of four Minnesota-based prisons until they are 16 to 18 months old. They are then returned to the facility for final training by professional staff before they are placed with an applicant who is disabled. Can Do Canines offers ongoing training and support to each team for the life of the dog.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 will be an extension of last year’s program providing placement for up to 6 ‘Mobility Assist’ or ‘Seizure Response’ trained dogs.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 was used to help train Assistance Dogs for children.