Our Mission           

     "Through training, socialization, and compassion, the students of Canine Commandos

    help 4-legged friends in our shelters find their “furever" homes."

Canine Commandos teaches basic obedience to shelter dogs improving adoption rates while providing the students with memorable hands-on life skills experiences!

            The goal is to increase adoption rates for shelters while improving academic gains through reflective classroom projects.                                                                                                                                                                     . . . we socialize cats, too!                                   

​​​Canine Commandos Loves....

Riley and Cashmere

Canine Commandos Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Contributions to Canine Commandos Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  

Canine Commandos' tax identification number is 81-5363807.

The first time my mom went to Canine Commandos with us, she saw a small brindle puppy.  When she told my dad about the puppy, he got excited and wanted to go to the shelter.  When they got there, they saw the puppy was already adopted.  They looked at some other dogs and saw Lucy, but she was up for lottery.  They decided to go home.  Just before they got on the highway, my dad told my mom he wanted to put his name on the lottery list for Lucy.  The day of the lottery, no one else showed up and my mom and dad got to claim her.  They didn’t even tell my brother and me.  I thought we were just dog sitting her.  It was a surprise!

Lucy is lots of fun and very smart and if it hadn’t been for Canine Commandos, we probably wouldn’t have her.  I love all the funny things she does like chasing her tail and pouncing. We taught her tricks too (some of which I learned at Canine Commandos).  We taught her sit, stay, come, fetch, and shake. Now we are trying to teach her one of the most difficult tricks that you can teach a dog which is to lay down.

I’m really glad I’m part of Canine Commandos.  I get to train dogs with different personalities.  We read to them and teach them to watch me, sit, down, stay, and come.  The dogs have a better chance of being adopted when they are trained and I’m glad I get to be a part of that.  A lot of the dogs we have helped train have been adopted.  We also do DNA tests on some of the dogs and it tells us what type of dog or dogs it is and if it’s a carrier of any genetic diseases. I feel I am making a difference.


I like Canine Commandos because it is what got me fostering and walking dogs. When I was in fifth grade, I was excited to do Canine Commandos. But when I was told that it was going to be only for sixth graders so that other schools could do more, I didn’t know what to feel. I was sad because I had to wait another year to do Canine Commandos. I was also happy because I like to share and up until that point, I had thought all schools did Canine Commandos. My mom noticed I was sad so she signed my family (except for my dad) up to walk dogs at the humane society. I loved it and met a ton of dogs. I think it actually helped improve my social skills. The only problem was that my mom kept getting posts for dogs and cats to foster. One day my mom announced that we were signing up for the “Itty Bitty Kitty Committee.” After we signed up, my mom saw a post on Facebook for a cat up for foster, so she commented that we would get it. After that we have fostered 7 cats and a dog. I have and still love all of them, even if they didn’t always get along. Finally, I did adopt one of the foster cats from another litter and I named her, Oof! (the exclamation point is part of her name) and get to keep fostering. It’s a win-win, and it’s all thanks to Canine Commandos.

 Hi my name is Riley Blum and I train with the Canine Commandos. I recently adopted a retired Greyhound. Her name is Cashmere, and she is the sweetest thing ever. Being a Commando has taught be so much like the importance to “adopt, don’t shop.” Being a Commando also taught me that there are so many important lives waiting in shelters for forever homes. My family and I have been celebrating the passing of Amendment 13 in Florida to end Greyhound racing. Because I adopted my dog, I have gotten to experience the love of an adopted dog that completes our lives. 

Jackson with SPCA foster dog, Pumpkin, and foster kittens!

Lucy and Sean