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Check out the ICAN blog for news, uplifting stories, service dog education, and more.

We love hearing how our service dogs have helped clients and handlers feel more empowered, overcome challenges, and unleash ability. You’ll find these stories below, as well as educational pieces about ICAN and our service dogs.

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July 20, 2020

“Life is what you make it.”

Hear from three of our ICAN handlers at the Indiana Women’s Prison in their testimony video, “Life is what you make it.”
July 20, 2020

The Circle of Gratitude

By Jeff & Aimee, parents of Grace & Dezzie Dear ICAN, Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for ICAN and all who make their program […]
April 20, 2020

Jack’s Joys

Watch this video to meet Jack, an adorable ICAN puppy who’s working with our volunteers to become a service dog.
March 20, 2020

Jordy Helps Kids Through Tough Times

by Tia Arthur, Case Coordinator for Monroe County CASA, Jordy’s Handler When Jordy joined the CASA family in December 2016, he became the first courthouse facility […]
March 20, 2020

Kiley’s Mailbox

by Bronwyn Shroyer, MSW, LCSW, LSSW In the two years that Kiley has been with me at our school, I’ve seen the incredible bonds that she […]
February 2, 2020

The Joy in the Journey – Yeahsen, Grace, & Sarah

When an ICAN service dog passes away or retires, the client is placed at the top of the list to receive another service dog from us. […]
October 13, 2019

John & Hunter’s Story

(John and Hunter are graduates of ICAN’s 2017 June Graduation Class.) “Hunter is always there with me, I hope I’m not holding him up,” John said […]
June 21, 2019

Testimonials from Prison: ICAN Handlers

Hear from a few of our handlers on the impact our training program had on them in this testimony for an ICAN event.
March 20, 2019
Sally Irvin, ICAN Founder, with an ICAN dog

The Murky Waters of the World of Assistance Dogs & Emotional Support Animals

Written by Sally Irvin, Ph.D., Founder/ICAN In 2019, with over 22,000 working assistance dogs in the United States, one would think the legislators and the public […]
March 20, 2019

Helping Service Dogs-in-Training

written by Katie Schoenberg, Ph.D. (Katie is an ICAN Furlough Volunteer. She is the Senior Advisor, Product Development Portfolio & Program Manager  for Elanco Animal Health. […]
January 20, 2019
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ICAN gave us Ally. Ally gave us a miracle.

By Joan Goldfarb, mother of Olivia (Olivia received Ally (Allegro) at ICAN’s 2014 Graduation as a Mobility Assist dog. This story is an update of how […]
January 20, 2019

John & Bennie

A Blessing from God by Marine Corp Veteran, John I applied for a service dog because I have many physical disabilities from my time in the […]
January 20, 2019

A Mother’s Story: My Son Yevhen (Eugene) & His Dog Jackson

A Mother’s Story by Oksana Yevhen (Eugene) was born in Ukraine and here is his mother’s story after he received Jackson from ICAN in December, 2017. […]
January 7, 2019

Nicholas & Purdue

Nicholas’ Story, by his mother Carla Morgan Prior to being adopted into our family, our son Nicholas lived in a Russian orphanage where he experienced under-stimulated, […]
November 20, 2018

Erica’s Letter to Archie

The following letter was read on stage at ICAN’s 2018 Wine & Wags. Erica Tedder is a school teacher in Centerville, Indiana, and has an ICAN […]
October 20, 2017

An Old Friend I’ve Just Met: Senator

by Mary Lofton (Mary received Senator as an In-Home Skilled Companion at the 2017 ICAN Summer Graduation. Her husband, WTHR Meteorologist, Chuck Lofton, along with Nicole […]
June 20, 2017

Ginnie & Millie

(Ginnie & Millie are graduates of ICAN’s June 2017 Graduation Class) Getting pulled around can be hard work, especially if you’re ICAN service dog Millie!  While […]
June 20, 2016

Peggy & Steve Jones

By Peggy & Steve Jones, ICAN Furlough Volunteers Being a part of the ICAN Team has made a major difference in our lives. We were from […]
April 20, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Jamie Young

Jamie Young is a volunteer veterinarian with ICAN. She has whelped pups, puppy raised, and cared for the dogs in training for years. In addition to […]
March 1, 2016

Service Dog Etiquette

We see dogs all around us, but how do you know whether a dog you see out in public is a service dog or just a […]
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