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On a very rainy Monday in August 2011, BOND members had a unique opportunity to visit Can Do Canines, a nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities that trains dogs, starting as puppies, to become assistance dogs.  About 40 were in our group, many of them children and grandchildren of members.


Sheila Goldstein, her grandson Drew Galinson, Patricia Kenton


The forty dogs trained each year at Can Do Canines, established originally in 1988, provide more independence to people with mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, autism or diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness.





It takes 18 months to two years to train each assistance dog and costs about $25,000 per dog.  Qualified clients, whose needs are matched to a dog’s capabilities and train together in the last phase, pay nothing for either the dog or the organization’s services. 


The work of this organization, which is not funded by any government agency, is supported entirely by private donations.  Hundreds of volunteers are involved, working side by side with Can Do Canines’ staff of 18 professionals.


Needless to say, these dogs are quite amazing! It was awe-inspiring as well as enlightening to learn what a profound difference these diligent and calm animals, always on the job, can make in the lives of the people who need their help and their families.