Back in 2008, I became partners with my first PADS Accredited Facility Dog (AFD), Rowan, a beautiful Golden Retriever. As a Registered Nurse, Rowan and I worked together with clients of all ages through my private practice nursing company, INSPIRE Animal Assisted Therapy. We worked with people with various disabilities and challenges to help them regain, develop, or maintain activities of daily living, help promote fine and gross motor skills, work on memory and cognition, and engage and stimulate social interactions. Rowan was a ROCKSTAR!

Years later, as Rowan was getting close to retirement, Cajun, a very cool, relaxed Yellow Lab, became our newest PADS AFD INSPIRE team member! Now, almost 3 years in, Cajun and I work all over Victoria on Vancouver Island, as Rowan enjoys her life in retirement in our home with her dog stroller and kayak!

PADS not only changed my life personally and professionally, but their dogs have enabled and inspired literally 100s of clients we have worked with. I am living my dream career – helping people become their personal best, despite their disability or condition, with these incredible service dogs. Thank you PADS!

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All PADS assistance dogs are provided to clients at no cost. Behind each and every success story is a donor who makes this possible.

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We are still accepting stories for our 30 Stories for 30 Years series. Whether you have volunteered, received a dog as a client or adopter, given of your time, money or heart… you are part of the PADS story!  Tell us how being involved with PADS has impacted you.