Our Mission

The mission of Early Alert Canines is to improve the health, safety, and well being of insulin-dependent diabetics through partnerships with certified low blood sugar alert dogs. We train and provide Medical Alert Service Dogs to insulin-dependent diabetics who need them.

About Us

Early Alert Canines (EAC) trains and provides Medical Alert Service Dogs to people who experience life-threatening blood sugar swings due to insulin-dependent diabetes. We have built our organization from a diverse community of clients, staff, volunteers, partners, and donors, representing different races, religions, ethnicities, ages, and gender identities. All EAC clients share the challenge of managing a life-threatening disease, and it's our privilege to provide them with individualized support to improve their quality of life. We cultivate a non-judgmental and welcoming environment focused on helping each client feel supported and celebrated for what makes them unique.

Early Alert Canines' diabetic alert dogs provide real and measurable help for diabetics. Hypoglycemia is an inevitable and acute side-effect of insulin therapy that can lead to severe medical problems including coma and death, so it is imperative for diabetics to receive the earliest warning possible when their blood glucose is dropping.


Though modern medical technology makes it possible for a diabetic to regularly test and verify his or her own blood sugar levels, there are many times when such checks are problematic or even impossible; during sleep, for example, or during intense exercise, school, work, or business meetings.

Early Alert Canines are always on alert for their insulin-dependent partners, ready to warn them about critical changes in their blood sugar levels. These dogs are more than just a diabetic's best friend; they are life-savers and life-changers.

We are proud to work in partnership with other established nonprofit organizations such as Canine Companions and Guide Dogs for the Blind, as well as small and local businesses that support our mission.

Early Alert Canines is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID is #27-4237968. Operating as an independent, non-profit charitable organization. Early Alert Canines is not affiliated with Dogs for Diabetics, Inc.

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“Since I have had O’Shea, I have not had to be rushed to the hospital… she alerts me 30-45 minutes faster than my blood sugar meter.” 

-Lia, placed with O'Shea in 2013