The Indiana Canine Assistance Network has received a $1.5 million gift from Mike and Judy Harrington. The Zionsville-based nonprofit, which specializes in accredited service dog training and placement, says the donation will help expand its service dog placements throughout the state.
The nonprofit says it has been working with the couple to create a plan to expand organizational capacity. Judy Harrington is a longtime volunteer with the organization.
“The training process is extensive and takes an army of staff, volunteers, community partnerships, and donors to make each placement possible,” said Jilian Ashton, president of ICAN. “The significance of this gift will give us the opportunity to take ICAN to the next level, to expand services, hire some key positions, and ultimately, build the necessary infrastructure to reduce the wait time for clients to receive their service dog.”
ICAN trains and places about 25 service dogs each year, and the training process takes about two years.
“We’ve been witness to ICAN’s mission for several years now, and believe in what they are doing to create possibilities for people,” said Judy Harrington. “We desire to see the organization get to the next level, and this gift is to help transition their programming so they can serve more people.”
The nonprofit says there are currently 54 people approved for a service dog with an average wait time of up to three years.