Your support helped graduate 17 new assistance dog teams on Saturday, June 18 at Can Do Canines facility in New Hope, Minn. Three of the dogs who graduated were rescued by the Animal Humane Society and then adopted and trained to be assistance dogs by Can Do Canines.
“Adopting future assistance dogs from the Animal Humane Society benefits everyone involved,” Executive Director Alan Peters says. “The dogs are given a loving home and a person with a disability experiences increased freedom and independence. It’s a win-win.”
The Graduation Ceremony represents the culmination of a long journey for the assistance dogs and their partners. Beginning with Puppy Raisers, either in the homes of volunteers or at one of five local prisons, the dogs are reared and taught basic obedience and early assistance dog skills. After 18 months, they are returned to Can Do Canines for final training and to begin their new life with a person with a disability. All Can Do Canines assistance dogs are provided free of charge.
Congratulations to our graduates and thank YOU for your support in helping make these partnerships possible!
Check out the coverage on Channel 12 News and view photos of the event on Facebook or Flickr.