Volunteering for ICAN

Volunteers play a vital part in helping ICAN achieve its mission by bringing together dogs, offenders, and people living with disabilities to provide hope for more enriched and independent living.

Volunteer help is needed for Dogs-in-Training. This involves several areas: furloughing a dog, being a puppy starter, transporting dogs to and from the vet and hosting a whelping in one's home.

Furlougher or Puppy Starter

Get hands-on with the pups by becoming a furlougher or puppy starter! A puppy starter helps raise and socialize a pup from 8 to 16 weeks old prior to him/her getting assigned to one of our prison training programs. A furlougher works with the dog from 20 weeks on. You must be 18 years or old to be a Furlougher, Whelper or Puppy Starter.

Dogs-in-Training Volunteers are needed to give our dogs an opportunity to leave their training environment and practice their skills in real-life situations. This is an important part of a service dog's training as primary instruction is provided in Indiana prisons which provides constant training and reinforcement but is somewhat limited to sights, smells, and sounds that are important to a service dog's education.

Whelping Host

Play a significant role in the breeding program with ICAN by helping us whelp a brand new litter of puppies!   

It is critical for service dogs to have the right temperament and health; and we are in need of caring volunteers to provide a loving home to a breeding female, and to give a wonderful start to her puppies who will go on to provide increased independence to our clients.


Before completing an ICAN furlough volunteer application, it is important that you watch the following video which provides pertinent details about our furlough program. Such details may influence your decision to participate. You must be 18 years or older to be a furlougher, puppy starter or whelping host. Should you decide to participate upon completing the video, please complete the furlough volunteer application. Please click on the video link below:

ICAN Furlough Introductory Video

FURLOUGH VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM (after completing the introductory video)


Internships at ICAN

lCAN has a limited number of internships (unpaid) available. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jillian Ashton.