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Can Do Canines

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 4/2/2014
9440 Science Center Drive
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-331-3000
Fax: 763-331-3009
EIN 41-1594165
Principal Staff Alan Peters, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 16
Number of Volunteers 265
Number of Clients Served 36
Affiliations Combined Federal Campaign Accredited by Assistance Dogs International Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals Member, Minnesota Council on Nonprofits Official Charity for Lions Clubs
Donated Goods Accepts donated goods
Tags / Keywords Animal Protection & Care, Disabilities, Diseases & Disorders, Children & Families
General Information
Board Chair MarySue Krueger
Number of Board Members 12
Board meetings with quorum 6
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 9.33
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Can Do Canines met its 2013 goal of certifying and placing 36 assistance dogs with individuals living with disabilities. Placements for 2013 were as follows: 15 Mobility Assist Dogs 5 Autism Assist Dogs 3 Hearing Assist Dogs 11 Diabetes Assist Dogs 1 Seizure Response Dog 1 Combination Skills Assist Dog 2013 Service Demographics: Source of Dogs: 3 Pet Dogs, 11 Donated Dogs and 22 from our in-house breeding program. Gender of Client Receiving an Assistance Dog from Can Do Canines: 13 Males and 23 Females Age of Client Receiving an Assistance Dog from Can Do Canines: Age 18 years and less: 8 Between the ages of 18 and 54: 16 Over 55 years of age: 12 Place of Residence: Twin Cities 7-county metro area: 19 Greater Minnesota: 10 Wisconsin: 3 South Dakota: 2 North Dakota: 1 Illinois: 1
Current Goals
The organization’s goal is to help create a future where everyone who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one. Can Do Canines’ overarching goal continues to be to help individuals living with a disability live more independent lives through the use of specially trained assistance dogs. The only way we can lessen the wait time for people, though, is to train and place more assistance dogs. To do that, Can Do Canines must raise funds to meet the increasing need. With the help of the community, Can Do Canines plans to train and place 46 assistance dogs in 2014, a 28 percent increase over 2013. Placing 46 assistance dogs will mean that more people whose lives can be helped by an assistance dog can have one.
Community or Constituency Served
Can Do Canines is one of only 104 fully accredited training programs among the 187 members of Assistance Dogs International (ADI). Below is described the types of dogs that Can Do Canines trains and the work they do: • Hearing Assist Dogs alert a deaf or hard-of-hearing person by making physical contact and leading the person to the source of the sound. • Mobility Assist Dogs are trained to pick up and carry objects, pull wheelchairs, retrieve a cordless emergency phone, open doors and perform other daily tasks for people with physical disabilities. • Diabetes Assist Dogs are trained to smell the client’s breath to check and alert them to extreme drops in blood sugar levels for individuals with type 1 diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness, as well as retrieve medication or food for the client. • Seizure Assist Dogs are trained to perform tasks for people with seizure disorders. Tasks they can be trained to provide include carrying medication and medical alert information, retrieving a cordless emergency phone, and other jobs. • Autism Assist Dogs provide safety and a calming influence for children with autism and peace of mind for their families.
Geographic Area Served
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $914,602 88.3%
Management: $54,386 5.3%
Fundraising: $66,357 6.4%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $2,211,736 $1,927,121 $1,616,766
Beginning of Year $1,927,121 $1,616,766 $1,693,112
Difference $284,615 $310,355 ($76,346)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $2,211,736
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
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