About ICAN

ICAN Dog in TrainingThe mission of Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) is to train and place assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities, while providing life and job skills to inmates who train the dogs for service work inside Indiana correctional facilities.

ICAN brings together three diverse groups to empower people to live more enriched and independent lives.

  • Children and adults with disabilities and their families find they can live more independent and productive lives with the help of a service dog.
  • Carefully screened incarcerated adults train these dogs. These handlers have the full time responsibility, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, to care for and teach their dogs the skills needed to become successful service dogs. The handlers also gain many professional and life skills that help with a successful re-entry to our communities.
  • By working with a dog's innate temperament and eagerness to be with people, ICAN is able to provide service dogs with work they enjoy.

ICAN trains and places service dogs for people in Indiana with physical or development disabilities, with priority placement given to children and adolescents. Learn more by checking out the following video!

ICAN is a 501(c)3 non-profit.