Hailing from Norridge, Ill., Al Peters ’74 graduated from Saint Mary’s with a degree in psychology. Beginning in 1987, Peters dedicated his life to creating mutually beneficial relationships between people with disabilities and specially trained dogs.
Currently Peters is the executive director of “Can Do Canines” in New Hope, Minn. “Can Do Canines” enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities by pairing them with well-trained service dogs. The organization envisions a world in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one. Service dogs are trained for individuals throughout the Midwest and to provide services for individuals with hearing loss, mobility issues, seizure disorders, diabetes, and children with autism. Thirty dogs a year are trained and paired with individuals with need, all of which are provided free of charge.
Recently, Peters teamed with Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., to write legislation to provide service dogs to military veterans, which will assist in the recovery of soldiers from the toll of war both physically and emotionally. Peters looks beyond limitations and works to find solutions and is a leader in the assistance dog industry.
Read this heartwarming story about one of the Can Do Canines bringing calm to the life of a boy with autism.