Advanced Dog Trainer (Parental Leave – 6 months) | Applications Closed

Advanced Dog Trainer (Parental Leave – 6 months) | Applications Closed

Reporting to the Training Program Manager, the Advanced Dog Trainer assists the Advanced Training team with training assistance dogs, developing skills and making placements with clients. The Advanced Dog Trainer is responsible for the training of adult dogs, the training under the direction of the Training Program Manager. The Advanced Dog Trainer assists the Training Program Manager with a cohort of approximately 4-6 dogs and the associated raiser and sitter volunteers.

Kennel Technician | Applications Closed

Kennel Technician | Applications Closed

Reporting to the Training Program Manager, the Kennel Technician cares for puppies and dogs in the training area and the areas the dogs use at PADS facilities, as well as assist with training and supervising of volunteers who support PADS kennel activities. The Kennel Technician provides support to the Advanced Training & Puppy-Raising Program teams as needed.

Meet Lisa and Emma

Meet Lisa and Emma

Join us on May 31st at 2:00 pm PDT as we chat with our Advanced Trainers, Emma and Lisa to talk about adventures in their world at PADS!

Meet Dorothy & Kevin

Meet Dorothy & Kevin

Tune in this Tuesday, May 17 at 1:00 PM PDT to hear from our Calgary-based volunteer Breeder Caretakers Dorothy & Kevin currently caring for the Camper Van litter!

National Therapy Dog Day

National Therapy Dog Day

April 30th is National Therapy Dog Day, and one of the questions our staff, trainers and volunteers often get asked is this: What is the difference between an Accredited Facility Dog (AFD) and a Therapy Dog?  The analogy we like to use is that a Therapy Dog is to an...
Shred Event

Shred Event

Our Shred Event is back! Safely dispose of confidential documents, by donation! All proceeds support PADS’ life-changing dogs.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

Support beautiful life-changing dogs by ordering beautiful spring hanging baskets!

Meet Emily

Meet Emily

Tune in this Tuesday April 19 at 1:00 PM PDT to hear from Puppy-Raiser Emily Nelson! Emily started volunteering with PADS in 2013 to fulfill a middle school Pay-it-Forward project.

Public Statement: COVID-19

Public Statement: COVID-19

PUBLIC STATEMENT: COVID-19 Last Updated: March 28, 2022 It’s with a sense of excitement, relief and trepidation that we take what may be one of our last pivots in regards to Covid-19.  In light of both the gov’t of BC and AB changes to mandates and requirements, here...
Meet Alex

Meet Alex

We are so pleased to announce that BC Distilled is back after a long 2 years and it seems only fitting that it is one of our very first events back in person. Join us April 5th at 1:00 PM PDT to chat with Alex Hamer- the man behind the event!

Laurie & Lennon

Laurie & Lennon

Lennon and Laurie have been on a wonderful journey for the past 5 years as an Acreddited Facility Dog Team. Lennon has worked at two middle schools and continues to put his cape on every morning with a spring in his step.  Laurie and Lennon both enjoy hiking on their...
Meet Campus Canines

Meet Campus Canines

Join us as we chat with Alina, PADS Puppy-Raiser and the president of Campus Canines!   Alina is a 4th-year student at UBC studying Biology and Puppy-Raiser to 10-month-old PADS Fleetwood. “I’ve had a passion for dogs for as long as I can remember, as...
Celebrating 35 Years

Celebrating 35 Years

Tune in on February 22nd at 1:00 PM PST to hear how PADS has grown over the past 35 years and hear where we’re headed! We’ll be joined by two very special guests: PADS Executive Director  Laura Watamanuk and Past Board Chair Marga Vogel. We look forward to...
Digital Engagement & Accessibility Coordinator | Position Filled

Marketing & Media Coordinator | Position Filled

marketing & media coordinator Accepting Applications | Communications Coordinator | Level 2 Puppy cuddles are one of the job perks.  You may not believe us now, but it gets even better. “What is better than puppy cuddles?” you ask?! Changing lives!   PADS’...
Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator | Position Filled

Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator | Position Filled

Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator Position Filled | Communications Coordinator (Level 2) Puppy cuddles are one of the job perks.  You may not believe us now, but it gets even better. “What is better than puppy cuddles?” you ask?! Changing lives!   PADS’...
Aries’ Journey

Aries’ Journey

Meet PADS Aries and his new partner Emily!  Emily and Aries are an amazing pair who are taking on new adventures in the world side-by-side. Aries came to PADS through the Assistance Dogs International Breeding Cooperative from Dogs with Wings in Edmonton, AB. He...
Darlene’s Journey

Darlene’s Journey

Meet Darlene and her partner Hélène. Darlene is always enthusiastic to help Hélène with anything she needs. Darlene was whelped by Lori Gunson and family, where she learned that while the world may always be changing, she is always safe and cared for. Darlene’s...
Sandy III’s Journey

Sandy III’s Journey

Meet Sandy III and his new partner Brad! Brad is a third time PADS Client and has welcomed Sandy to his side earlier this year. Sandy has been quite the traveling pup throughout his time in training. Sandy came to PADS through our participation in the Assistance Dog...
Queenie’s Journey

Queenie’s Journey

Meet Queenie, an Accredited Facility Dog (AFD) who uses her natural cuddling talents—and love of bringing people new toys—to spread joy to those who need it most. Queenie came to PADS from Eyes Ears Nose and Paws through our partnership with the Assistance Dogs...
Gatsby’s Journey

Gatsby’s Journey

Meet Gatsby, a lovely, caring dog who loves to meet new people and greet them with one of his favourite toys. Gatsby’s journey brings our expression “It takes a village” to life. Gatsby came to PADS from Southeastern Guide Dogs and landed in our...
Sadie II’s Journey

Sadie II’s Journey

Meet Sadie II and her team Christian, Emily and Kathleen. Sadie works to support the Internet Child Exploitation Unit at the Vancouver Police Department and is doing a fantastic job in her role so far. Sadie II came to PADS through our Partnership with the Assistance...