December 18, 2014

A Hero Raised by an Angel in Disguise

"It's a beautiful day and the sun is shining.
But, he sits alone, a little boy in the dark.
His mind is something he can't control
He is up all night, he can't settle down to sleep
His mind is like a prison."

Words written by the mother...


December 3, 2014

I didn't know what trust was and it took a dog to teach me about it.  Nina, a beautiful black lab was the first dog that I had trained, not to say I was any good at it. I had a lot to learn about her and about myself. And, I...


November 17, 2014


The Forgiving Heart of a Dog

by Lara, ICAN Handler, Indiana Women's Prison

All I ever wanted was for someone to love me. In that process, I let my parents and family down, hurt so many, and lost anything that was ever beautiful about me. Abuse robs you of everything.

When I became...


September 14, 2014

Prison forces one to live close to the bone. To protect myself in this harsh environment, I erected sturdy walls. My building materials were anger, self-interest, hate, fear, and ignorance. For years, I was comfortable within myself - it was often easier than dealing with the stir.

In July of 2012,...


September 11, 2014

Volunteering for ICAN has helped me grow in many ways and has given me insights on issues I hadn't even thought about, but for me, one of the most important things it has done is to allow me to grow and learn from unexpected sources:  ICAN's handlers, dogs, and clients.