Greg and Cat Stevens have a long history with Can Do Canines. Greg and Cat both attended St. Mary’s University with founder Alan Peters. They started work with Can Do Canines as Puppy Raisers over 10 years ago. They intended to raise and train a puppy who would grow to be a hero to someone living with disabilities. As it turned out, that dog was better suited to life as a pet and was career changed into home life with Greg and Cat permanently. “It was a great experience, every step of the way.”
Since then, they’ve continued to be involved with Can Do Canines as Puppy Program volunteers, board members, event attendees, and as generous donors, naming three puppies with the Name-a-Puppy program.
Because of their involvement with Can Do Canines, they’ve seen first-hand the impact their commitment has. Through a winning auction bid at one of the Fetching Ball Galas, they were able to visit one of the prisons. “We met with inmates, had lunch with them and saw how emotionally involved they are in this project and in their responsibility to train that dog. Then give it to someone that they don’t know. It has a huge impact on their lives.” Greg recalls from their visit.
A Worthy Cause
If you ask why they are so committed to Can Do Canines, Greg says, “What we appreciate is that it’s a well-run organization. The people who work there really care about the mission and what they do and it shows.” He continues that “You can see the direct impact of your work. There’s no doubt about it that Can Do Canines can change the life of the person who gets the dog and all the people around them.”
Their commitment doesn’t end at volunteering, “We believe that, from those people that have received much, much is expected. We’ve been blessed and we want to ensure that Can Do Canines continues for generations to come.”
How You Can Help
Greg and Cat have made it part of their life story to give generously and support our mission to enhance the quality of life for people living with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. They’ve taken the extra step to ensure that their legacy, their commitment to Can Do Canines, lives on for generations by choosing to join our Legacy Club and by making a bequest through their will.
Can Do Canines is very thankful for all the support people like Greg and Cat Stevens have offered over the years! There are many ways individuals can express their wishes and plan their estates to continue to make an incredible impact on the organizations that have touched their lives. Dedicating a bequest in your will is just one of the many ways to leave a lasting legacy.
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