Looking to send that special someone a doggone cute valentine this year?
For the seventh year, the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) will deliver Valentine’s Day gifts — with a special visit from a service dog in training.
“It’s heartwarming,” said Dino Sierp, ICAN’s director of development and outreach.
Dog visits with a gift box delivery start at $55 and a gift box pick-up that excludes a dog visit begins at $35. The deadline to order a personal delivery is Feb. 8. Deliveries can be made Feb. 13 or 14 to locations within a 25-mile radius of Indianapolis or in the Bloomington area.
Teams will deliver to businesses, schools, offices or nursing homes, but will not make residential stops.
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit ICAN, which works with inmates in three Indiana correctional facilities to train service animals that will later serve individuals with disabilities.
It costs about $25,000 to put each dog through the two-year training program and to provide veterinary care and any ongoing refresher courses the dog may need later as a service animal.
Indiana First Lady Janet Holcomb surprises Gov. Eric Holcomb with a Operation Puppy Love puppy gram from Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN). ICAN brings a puppy, therapy dog in-training to deliver a gift of local goods.
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“Once we place a dog, they’re in our family all the way ’til that dog retires or passes away,” she said.
Each personal valentine delivery includes a visit from an ICAN dog and a gift box. This year’s boxes include:
- Cookies from Taylor’s Bakery and Hoaglin Catering.
- ICAN greeting cards.
- Assorted chocolates and candies.
- Biscuits from Three Dog Bakery.
- Items handcrafted by inmates, including a wooden dog that can be used as a holder for a tablet computer or smartphone, a frame and beaded bracelet.
Each correctional facility involved in the program pitches in an item for the box, allowing for inmates outside the ICAN program to participate.
“It gives other inmates that are not in our program opportunity to give back,” she said.
And don’t forget your own doggo: special gifts can be delivered to your canine companion, including a pass to Puppy Playground, Three Dog Bakery and Nestle biscuits, a toy and a gift from Duds for Pups.
Gift boxes for pick-up Feb. 13-14 can be ordered at ICAN’s website or in person at SalesForce Tower on Monument Circle or the Puppy Love Headquarters in Speedway, 5610 Crawfordsville Road.
Boxes may also be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at The Amenity Center, 550 E. 96th St., and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at DK Pierce, 10910 Creek Way in Zionsville.
For more information or to place an order, visit www.icandog.org/.
Call IndyStar reporter Holly Hays at 317-444-6156. Follow her on Twitter: @hollyvhays.
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