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May 20, 2023

The gift of Clare

Since being paired with her client Kendall Spilker in 2014, ICAN Clare has spent every day unleashing his independence. And according to his mom, Renee, from […]
May 19, 2023

Unleashing potential

Special education teacher Kathryn Wood was first introduced to facility assistance dogs when her principal suggested the idea to her in 2018. After researching how a […]
April 25, 2023

Finding purpose

The Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN)—an emerging nonprofit of 11 dedicated employees founded in 2002—is one of less than 90 assistance dog training organizations accredited in […]
April 24, 2023

Swinging with the big dogs

When the first annual Dogs for Vets Golf Scramble in Columbia City debuted in 2021, the driving force behind the charitable event wasn’t even old enough […]
April 3, 2023

Small but mighty

When Army National Guard veteran Suzanne Smith feels overwhelmed in a crowded place, she looks down at her ICAN service-dog-in-training, a Yorkshire Terrier named Dobby, and […]
March 28, 2023

Paws-itive rehabilitation

While ICAN has more than 200 volunteers dedicated to serving our mission, only a few gift us their time and talent AND work full time alongside […]
March 28, 2023

Teacher’s pet

Every time ICAN volunteer Jeff Harrison walks into his office at the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Administration Building, he remembers the nine ICAN dogs he has helped […]
March 27, 2023

Turning tragedy into triumph

ICAN supporter Jean Cranfill turns grief into joy by volunteering for the Indiana Canine Assistant Network.
January 1, 2023

Who Qualifies for a Veteran Service Dog?

ICAN has partnered with the Veteran Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System to create our Veteran Services Division (VSD). Our VSD provides service dogs for veterans […]
December 1, 2022

Adventures in Puppy Sitting

ICAN service dogs spend approximately two years in training in order to provide independence and break barriers for children, adults, and veterans in Indiana. This training […]
November 1, 2022

Veteran Service Dogs: How They Help

For many veterans, service-related trauma significantly impacts their day-to-day activities and quality of life. With the help of a specially trained service dog, these veterans can […]
October 1, 2022

Service Dog Terms to Know

Service dog training and placement is an industry that involves a wide variety of terminology that can be confusing! Keep reading to learn some common service […]
September 1, 2022

Facility Dogs: How They Help

You might have seen or heard about service dogs working in  schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and courtrooms. But what exactly do they do? Facility dogs […]
August 1, 2022

How to Teach Kids About Service Dogs

Children are naturally curious and may even be excited to see a working dog, so learning how to teach kids about service dogs is important in […]
July 29, 2022

Being a Litter Host

ICAN’s accredited service dog training and placement program is designed to provide safety, friendship, and independence for children and adults with disabilities—and we rely on our […]
June 21, 2022

7 Questions to Ask When Applying for a Service Dog

Being paired with a service dog is a huge decision that can change your life forever. By reviewing these questions to ask when applying for a […]
June 8, 2022

Indiana Canine Assistant Network merges with Ft. Wayne-based Our Turn to Serve—a not-for-profit service dog organization that assists veterans with combat-related challenges.

Indianapolis, Indiana – June 8, 2022 – Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) announced today its merger with Our Turn to Serve (OTTS), a not-for-profit organization in […]
June 6, 2022

Mobility Assistance Dogs: How They Help

Every day, mobility assistance dogs provide life-changing aid to individuals who use a wheelchair or have other mobility challenges. These dogs can provide highly specialized support […]
May 4, 2022

6 Ways to Get Involved with ICAN

There are many ways to get involved with ICAN! Opportunities include working hands-on with our service dogs in training or donating time to help with outreach […]
May 2, 2022

Service Dogs: Do’s and Don’ts

Seeing a service dog in public is great! It means that the dog is able to provide their handler with a new level of independence and […]
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