by Jillian Ashton, President of ICAN

The staff of Indiana Canine Assistant Network, Inc. (ICAN) will plan to work from home in light of the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding Covid-19. As the situation evolves, our focus remains on these guiding priorities:

  1. We desire to protect the health and safety of our staff and the community which we interface;
  2. With the impetus of the current strategic plan, we desire to preserve our ability to continue to support our clients, applicants, handlers, volunteers, and canines.

Our physical office will be closed now through September 1st but will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation. We have canceled or postponed all events now through September 1st. We will continue our daily work and be available by phone, email, and teleconferencing. We will closely monitor all circumstances and will adjust our plans as necessary.

We know it is critical for us to be responsive and supportive to our ICAN family; as well as to our community leaders during this pandemic.

  • All staff are working and accessible by phone and email.
  • All training classes (foundations, furlough, puppy, and refresher) are being done through Zoom at this time.
  • Team Training and June 11th graduation are postponed until December 2020.
  • April 25th Bingo Fundraiser has been canceled and Wine & Wags is still being planned for October 8th.
  • In partnership with the Department of Correction, we are adhering to their policies regarding visitation. Our Director of Training will have access to care for our dogs in training as needed.

We are confident these measures will continue to have a positive impact in our community and we know this too shall pass. We encourage our ICAN family to use this interval to reflect on the importance, to use the margin of time for self-care, and to comfort another in need. Social distancing does not mean isolation.

Like many businesses and nonprofit organizations, Covid-19 will have an overwhelming impact on our budget and ability to accomplish our goals. Please consider making a donation to support ICAN during this perplexing time.

We are ICAN and together we will build a more compassionate community.

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To stay updated on Covid-19, please visit Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

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