You’re Invited to Attend a Very Special Can Do Canines Fundraiser
Tails of Independence Reception
Wednesday, November 15, 2023, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Please be our guest to learn about Can Do Canines’ important work and hear how our assistance dogs are changing lives in your community every day. Enjoy a casual reception, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a dynamic one-hour program with stories that will lift your heart.
Our featured speakers will include a local Can Do Canines assistance dog team, a representative from the Rochester prison program, and Can Do Canines’ Executive Director Jeff Johnson. The event is free to attend, but donations will be gratefully received. Together, we can make a big change for someone waiting for an assistance dog in your community.
About Can Do Canines
Can Do Canines, founded in 1989, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. We breed, raise, train, and place five types of assistance dogs:
- Mobility Assist Dogs
- Autism Assist Dogs
- Hearing Assist Dogs
- Diabetes Assist Dogs
- Seizure Assist Dogs
Can Do Canines has placed more than 800 assistance dogs, including many in the Rochester area. While the cost for each assistance dog is about $45,000, they are always given free of charge. Can Do Canines relies primarily on individual contributions to provide these specially trained assistance dogs.
Can Do Canines partners with seven prisons in Minnesota and Wisconsin to operate prison puppy programs, including the Federal Medical Center - Rochester. Specially selected inmates help to raise the next generation of assistance dogs, allowing us to expand our impact and serve more people in the community. This unique program has proven beneficial for all involved and helps reduce client waiting lists.