After a difficult time living through COVID-19 and under shelter-in-place rules, Can Do Canines has returned to our mission in a careful but purposeful way. Here is a summary of our current status.
- Training and kennel staff are working at the facility full time. Dogs in final training are back in the kennel. We are hiring additional trainers to help us make up lost time.
- Client Services Coordinators are actively finishing the placements of teams previously interrupted and are busy starting new teams as dogs in final training are prepared.
- We expect to have as many as 40 dogs and puppies back in Wisconsin prisons by early June, reducing pressure on our dedicated foster homes.
- Volunteers and financial contributors have stepped up with extra help. Thank you!
- Our four federal prisons are in lockdown and closed to dogs and training staff until at least July 1. These prisons can house and train as many as 50 dogs and puppies, so this loss is felt in many areas of our operations.
- Staff who are not essential to training or other essential organizational needs continue to work at home.
- To keep our clients and essential training staff protected, we have instituted rigorous policies and procedures inside our facility, including mandatory wearing of masks and daily temperature monitoring, among others. These policies include keeping the facility locked to the public and to volunteers.
- Can Do Canines has decided that it is not possible to host our traditional graduation ceremony and still keep everyone safe. We have decided to create a virtual, interactive graduation event to honor our current 13 graduates. (More details below.)
I will keep you informed as we progress and make further changes. Thank you for your support!