Year Round ICAN Events

Throughout the year, ICAN hosts a number of events to help raise money for ICAN. These events allow us to share with others the impact our dogs have on providing greater independence to individuals living with a disability, and also preparing offenders to return to our communities better equipped to obtain a job and successfully reintegrate with their families.
Our annual events include Puppy Love Valentine's in which our dogs deliver hundreds of Valentine gift boxes to individuals throughout the greater Indianapolis area and they also do deliveries year round! In June and December, we have our special graduation ceremony at the Indiana Women's Prison, in which our dogs are officially placed with a new forever friend. Each October we hold our largest fundraiser of the year, Wine & Wags. We are also involved in a number of Dine Outs at local restaurants and most recently, had a special gallery exhibiting our dog art at Avalon Jewelers as part of Zionsville's First Friday.


2015 December 10

After ten days of team training, where the handler teaches the clients skills to work with their dog, we celebrate the new partnership with a Graduation Ceremony. The graduation is held the second Thursday of  June and December.

It is also a time when ICAN Handlers are given the opportunity to share with the guests on how being in the ICAN program has made an impact in their lives. From there, the handler introduces the client and places the official service dog vest on the dog and hands him/her over to their forever friend. The evening is emotional, yet inspirational, because you will witness ICAN's two components, helping the inmate, helping someone living with a disability, come full circle.

Our graduations take place at the Indiana Women's Prison (IWP) at 7PM. We include a light reception that is prepared by the women in the IWP Culinary Program, to allow you time to meet the handlers, dogs and clients, followed by a one hour graduation ceremony. Each graduation has a theme in which our handlers work all month long preparing decor for the room to make our guests feel welcomed.

It is an evening filled with celebration and one with tears as both of our components come together one last time before taking the dogs to their forever home.  We hope you will come celebrate with us at one of our future graduations!

To register for ICAN's next upcoming graduation on Thursday, December 10th, please click HERE no later than December 5th. Arrival time must be done between 6:15 and 6:45pm and YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER AND REGISTERED TO ATTEND. We are sorry. No exceptions can be made due to prison policies.


Check out some photos from previous ICAN graduation ceremonies below! (Photos by Liz Kaye Photography)

2015 November 24
2016 January 19
     February 16
     March 15
     April 19
     May 17
     July 19
     August 16
     September 20
     October 18
     November 15

Indiana Women's Prison

ICAN hosts a 1 l/2 hour presentation at the Indiana Women's Prison once a month. Attendees can meet the ICAN dogs in training and the handlers who train them. These sessions are a unique opportunity to hear a first-hand account of the impact the ICAN program has on the offender handlers and to see the dogs-in-training at work. You MUST register no later than two weeks prior to the date you wish to attend to allow ample time for security clearance.  For further info or to register, please contact Joan at or telephone 317.672.3860. The following is the 2015 If These Dogs Could Talk schedule:

September 22, October 27 and November 17th. There is no presentation in December.