June 17, 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 17, 2016) – On June 16, 2016 at the Indiana Women's Prison (IWP) over 300 guests, including former Mayor Greg Ballard, witnessed another Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) celebration. There were six 'passing of the vests,' releasing the dogs to their new owners.  The graduation party theme was the Wizard of Oz.  This event has taken place at the Women's Prison since 2003.

The Community Perspective was given by Lynn Renn, wife of IMPD Officer Perry Renn who was killed in the line of duty in 2014.  Mrs. Renn was introduced by TV News Personality and Meteorologist, Nicole Misencik. Misencik has an obvious passion for this work as demonstrated by her efforts on the show, 'Maizie Mondays' on WTHR. Mrs. Renn thanked ICAN handlers and donors for their work with the dog Renn who was named in her husband's honor. She then introduced ICAN recipient, Shennea Dixon, who is the proud recipient of Renn. Shennea gave a tearful thank you to everyone involved.

Shennea closed the graduation ceremony by singing the song 'Home' (The Music of Scott Alan).

"Our facility looks at the ICAN program as a privilege.  We are grateful to be included in such a worthy cause," commented Assistant Superintendent LaShelle Turner.

June 7, 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana — (June 7, 2016) – On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the Indiana Women's Prison (IWP) held a volunteer appreciation program for over 100 volunteers.

The event included a special lunch held in the Jerome Brewer Recreation Center with a potato bar, homemade roll, cake and ice cream, and refreshments served by the Aramark In2Work Program.  The volunteers enjoyed their meal while they were entertained by the facility choir.

Richard Curry, Executive Director of Emergency Response Operations, had the audience hanging on every word as he explained the value of volunteering.  Other heartfelt talks were expressed by staff and volunteers.  Gifts were distributed by Community Outreach, liturgical dance performed and singing closed out the special day.

"We are fortunate to have so many citizens from the community serve as volunteers. Today we thanked them by recognizing all who serve as volunteers to assist the Indiana Women's Prison with their time, donations and talents," commented Superintendent Steve McCauley who made the opening remarks.

About the Facility:

The Indiana Women's Prison is a maximum security level facility housing female offenders, and provides customized methods of treatment and rehabilitation to ensure the offenders' successful re-entry into the community. 

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Media Contacts:

Tim Horan                                           Doug Garrison

Public Information Officer (PIO)          Communications Chief

Indiana Women's Prison                     Indiana Department of Correction

317-244-3387 ext. 386                       317-232-5780 

April 20, 2016

Courtesy of Pet Pals TV

I know, you love your dog, and wouldn't it be really cool if you could take him with you everywhere, like to a restaurant? What fun! Why not just go on line and order a Service Dog Vest and ID, afterall, you're not really hurting anyone, right?


Purchasing these bogus products is bad for several reasons..including you are taking advantage of a loophole in an operation that affords people with disabilities a special privilege.

A highly trained Service Dog completes a task for a human. They are necessary for the handler. They are not pets, per say, they are partners.

It's a complex issue and we'll uncover some more information that we hope you will share with your friends as well. Dr Sally Irvin, ICAN,(Indiana Canine Assistance Network) is also a board member on the International Board of Assistance Dogs committee. Join us as we delve into this complex issue. As Dr Sally says, 'just because you can do something, doesn't make it right'.

Click here to watch a video about ICAN client Yeahsen and recognizing fake service dogs.

April 19, 2016

The Broad Ripple Gazette recently did an article on ICAN client, Walt, and his service dog, Moravia (Mo). Written by Laura Minor, this article covers the process of training a service dog as well as how Walt and Mo came to be together.

Click here to read the article.

April 13, 2016

By Nicole Misencik

Courtsey of WTHR

10-year-old Olivia Goldfarb and her ICAN companion Ally are best friends. Olivia says there's only one word to describe their connection, "It's amazing! She has helped me a lot, and really changed our lives." It's been a year and a half since Ally was partnered with Olivia, and Joan, Olivia's mom, says their bond was immediate.

"The first time they met we saw that spark and then in training it was just every day you saw this relationship growing, and you just like oh my gosh this is special," Joan said. Olivia lives with a rare genetic disorder, progressive degenerative disorder of the cerebellum. Before Ally, Olivia used a walker full time. Now, with Ally's help, Olivia's independence is growing.

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