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June is Pride month and to celebrate we invite you to share with us what Pride is to you! To join us in celebrating, download the template below and write what Pride means to you then take a photo, or a short video of yourself sharing your answers ( you can even deck...

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Pride 2021

PADS Pride T-Shirt Design Contest Each year, for many years, PADS has participated in Pride with our wagging, loving, adorable canine companions at our side. During this participation we have worn PADS shirts emblazoned with messages of love with PRIDE!  During these...

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PADS PTSD Program

PADS PTSD Program

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness Month. PTSD is a mental health disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It is estimated that 9.2% of Canadians live with PTSD everyday. The PADS PTSD program trains...

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Stormy and Brite 2021

Stormy and Brite 2021

Join us June 8th 1:00 PM PST as we catch up with Client Stormy and her Service Dog Brite!   This incredible team has been matched for a little over a year and are very excited to share with us what they have learned about working as a team.

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Brad and Sandy

Brad and Sandy

Join us on May 25th at a special time 12:30 PST to meet 3rd time PADS client Brad McCannell! Brad is currently partner to PADS Service Dog Sandy, his third PADS dog, but previously shared life with PADS Chip and PADS Montana. Brad is also the Vice President of Access...

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Meet The Cheese Litter!

Meet The Cheese Litter!

Join on May 11th at 1 PM PST ( 12 PM PST) to meet the PADS Cheese Litter and their wonderful Breeder Caretakers Robin and Ty. Robin and Ty are long-time breeder caretakers in Calgary who have whelped six litters in their home and puppy-raised nine Puppies for PADS....

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Meet Felicity

Meet Felicity

Tune in on Tuesday May 18th at 1:00 PM PST to meet one of our youngest Breeder Caretakers Felicity Beech. Along with mom Krista and the rest of the Beech Family, Felicity has helped rear a whopping 16 litters of PADS puppies! Join us to hear the unique perspective of...

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Meet PADS Dorado

Meet PADS Dorado

Meet PADS DoradoMeet Accredited Facility Dog (AFD) Dorado and his partner Kathy! Together Kathy—a social worker—and Dorado work with children going through challenging times at the Sea Star Child Advocacy Center. When asked about how Dorado affects the mental health...

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The Great PADS Shave Off

The Great PADS Shave Off

What do you get when you combine heart, passion and adorable puppies with over a year of isolation and no hair cuts? One incredible volunteer who is putting his money and hair to good use. Shawn Laari and wife Cathy Beaumont have been PADS volunteers for nearly two...

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Hot Peppers Litter

Hot Peppers Litter

Join us May 4th to meet PADS Posy's Hot Peppers! These pups will be turning 6 weeks and are ready for their close-ups!

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Cathy, Shawn & Greco

Cathy, Shawn & Greco

Cathy and Shawn have been involved with PADS since 2000, raising PADS Riley, Dylan, Gypsy and Breeze in succession. They stepped back from puppy raising when they adopted Dylan however, they came back to puppy raising in 2016 to raise Vader, Iroko and now Greco. In...

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PADS Prank Litter.

PADS Prank Litter.

Tune in to meet Nav's first litter, the PADS Prank Litter. Click the video to watch our conversation with breeder caretaker and PADS Breeding Manager Jackie Clarke to see how these pups are doing!.

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Gaia at Canuck Place

Gaia at Canuck Place

PADS Gaia: Canuck Place's Newest TEAM MEMBERPADS Gaia started her new job at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver as an Accredited Facility Dog. She will be supporting the care of children with life-threatening illnesses. Gaia works alongside two handlers,...

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Meet the Shires Litter

Meet the Shires Litter

Meet our PADSShiresLitter (AKA Devon's 'Shires') and today's Tune-in-Tuesday Guests. ⁠ ⁠ Cheshire (F)⁠ York II (M)⁠ Dorset (F)⁠ Gloucester (pronounced Gloss-ter) (F)⁠ Somerset (F)⁠ ⁠ This litter's amazing breeder caretakers even included each shire's official flags...

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A collaborative effort towards better working dogs

A collaborative effort towards better working dogs

We are excited to share with you that PADS is participating in a new program to raise selected puppies for possible export as young adults to be breeding dogs in assistance dog programs in Europe and Oceania. Taking collaboration to the next level, Assistance Dogs...

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ALLISON & ANGEL

ALLISON & ANGEL

Join us on March 23rd to catch up with second-time puppy raiser Allison. Allison's first puppy was Angel's mom PADS Valentine and now is currently raising PADS Angel! Register using the link below to join us!

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Kevin & Spark

Kevin & Spark

Click the video below to hear about Kevin's important roles at PADS as a Puppy-Raiser, Office Volunteer and Pupdate volunteer extraordinaire!  

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Meredith & Henrik

Meredith & Henrik

Click the link below to hear from Puppy Raisers Meredith and Henrik. Together this dynamic duo has raised a total of 9 pups, often welcoming two pups into their home at a time. Tune in to learn more about their PADS Puppy-Raising journey and to find out what it's like...

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Tonya and Kylo

Tonya and Kylo

Click the link below to watch our interview with Tonya and her Service Dog PADS Kylo. Tune in to hear about the work Kylo does and about their amazing partnership.

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LEAH & SMOKEY

LEAH & SMOKEY

Click the Video to meet Leah and her AFD Partner Smokey. Leah is a clinical counsellor as well as a school counsellor.  In both her roles Smokey works with her providing love, comfort and support. Leah says that she has noticed that often people will connect first...

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Tiff and Mosley

Tiff and Mosley

Mosley now lives with her Puppy-Raiser Tiff and released PADS Bonnie. Watch the video below to hear about how PADS Mosley is adjusting to life outside of her whelping home. 

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George: “Why I give to PADS”

I first became involved with PADS because I wanted to raise a puppy in my classroom (I think there should be a puppy or dog in every classroom!).  However, before that could happen, I retired.  That was about five years ago now and I’ve been volunteering as a raiser...

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Glenora: “Why I give to PADS”

Glenora: “Why I give to PADS”

My connection to PADS goes back about 14 years ago when my dog-loving daughter, Tara, heard about PADS and became a volunteer puppy-raiser. She comes from a family of dog-lovers and grew up with one pet dog after another. Since PADS came into her life, I can’t keep...

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Assistant Puppy Trainer – Position Filled

Assistant Puppy Trainer – Position Filled

THE POSITION The Assistant Puppy Trainer position is a brand new entry-level position in the Puppy-Raising Program (PRP) with planned advancement through to Puppy Raising Instructor (minimum 4 year process).   The Assistant Puppy Trainer is part of an...

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Meet the BC Creeks Litter

Meet the BC Creeks Litter

Meet the BC Creeks LitterClick on the video below to watch the Pawcast from Tuesday, December 15th at 1:00 PM PST featuring the BC Creeks Litter!

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Lore | November 2020

Lore | November 2020

My raisers moved to North Vancouver! Settling into a new place comes with lots of new smells, new changes, new stresses, and new opportunities to grow. Plus... North Van has lots of new trails and outdoor spaces to explore! Extra chew time, extra outside walks and...

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Norquay | November 2020

Norquay | November 2020

It has been a tough month. Everyday I wake up and get busy with my morning to-do list: bathroom and breakfast. Then I have a my first morning nap by the fireplace. If Mom is home she always turns on the fireplace for me. But usually I am at home with Dad because he...

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John & Summer II

John & Summer II

Meet John & SummerJoin us Tuesday, November 24th at 1:00 PM PST as we meet John and Accredited Facility Dog Summer II. John and Summer are 2020 graduates and we are excited to hear about their partnership so far!

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Lindsay & Hero

Lindsay & Hero

Meet Lindsay & Hero Click the video below to watch our conversation with Lindsay and Accredited Facility Dog Hero! Lindsay and Hero are 2020 graduates that work together in a school and we are excited to hear about their partnership so far!

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Steve & PADS Winnie

Steve & PADS Winnie

Meet Steve & PADS Winnie Join us as we catch up with Steve and his new service dog Winnie! Winnie is a 2020 PADS grad as we are so excited for the chance to hear how this team is doing!

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Hardy II  | October 2020

Hardy II | October 2020

This month has been full of all sorts of new adventures and old skills! I started this month by spending the weekend with a fun sitter who was up for adventures just as much as I am! She took me to a thing called gym, where she jumped around and I settled on my...

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The 2021 Calendar Is Here!

The 2021 Calendar Is Here!

meet our feature pups Cover (shown above): PADS Sunshine | Geoff Lister January - Cadet II BIll Ng February - Star Ty Brooks March - Elfin Beth Holbrook April - Marley & Minnie Katelyn Fuchs May - Cannoli Nicole Schnapp June - Tommy Ryleigh Jacobs July - Wilbur...

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Ballet Legends Litter

Ballet Legends Litter

Join us at 1:00 pm pst to meet Krista and the Ballet Legends Litter.  Tune in to hear Krista share her experience as a breeder caretaker and to see the Ballet Legends litter's debut performance. 

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

It Takes A Village This series is built to show just how many people touch a dog's life as they travel from Whelping box to their client's home. This series will focus on PADS Brite and highlight various aspects of her life at PADS. Click the links below to watch the...

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Kim

MEET OUR MOVERS: Kim PADS CABER & PADS Puma How they are Moving for PADS Kim, Caber and Puma have pledged to walk 100KM this month to raise money for PADS   Why they are Moving for PADS When asked why she is moving for PADS Kim writes: "Why am I MOVEing?  There...

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Kevin

Kevin

MEET OUR MOVERS: Kevin & PADS PUPPY-IN-TRAINING SPARK  How they are Moving for PADS Kevin has pledged to climb 112,000 steps at the Wreck Beach Trail #7 at UBC. Each time Kevin visits he does 8 circuits of the stars (350 steps each way). His goal is to do these...

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Lindi

Lindi

MEET OUR MOVERS: FLY BY FLINT Why they are Moving for PADS Lindi is MOVING for PADS because: "The reality is that it doesn’t just take awesome people to breed, raise and train service dogs, it takes a whole whack of money too.  I believe that a little can go a very...

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Chantelle

Chantelle

MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM FUELING UP THE MYSTERY THE MACHINE How they are Moving for PADS Scooby and Chantelle are going for bike rides together.... and this is not in the most conventional way. Running beside a bike is hard on pups joints, but pulling a trailer with a...

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Dave and Jasper

Dave and Jasper

MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM JASPER & DAVE When asked what PADS means to him Dave writes:   "Jasper and I have been a Certified Assistance PADS Dog Team for over 5 fantastic years now. Our bond and partnership has gone so far beyond any hopes and expectations I had, ...

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Diane

Diane

MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM DIANE - GIANTS HEAD CHALLENGE Diane How they are Moving for PADS Diane is a PADS puppy raiser in the Okanagan who is MOVEing for PADS this summer by hiking Giant’s Head (It is a 3 km hike up with elevation of 350 meters) every other day with...

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Kerry

Kerry

MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM PUSHUPS FOR PUPS How they are Moving for PADS For every dollar donated to her campaign, Kerry will do 1 push up. Kerry says "I chose push-ups because they are hard for me and I thought a challenge would keep me motivated.  It also makes me aware...

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Dana & Brushy

Dana & Brushy

MEET OUR MOVERS: BRUSHY & DANA How they are Moving for PADS Dana is running 1 KM for every $10 donated to her campaign. She says "I’m just beginning my running journey again so I try to run 3-5km 3-5 days a week. I’ve started to recruit my medium-sized humans and...

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Cathy, Shawn & Greco

Cathy, Shawn & Greco

MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM Bikes and Beers How they are Moving for PADS When we were deciding how we wanted to MOVE for PADS, we looked at what other people were doing, and it was pretty intimidating how ambitious they are! We aren't exactly spring chickens, so we decided...

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Nicole and Walker

Nicole and Walker

MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM WALKER Why they are Moving for PADS Nicole says she is moving for PADS because "Having a PADS dog has given me the confidence, independence and freedom to live on my own, accomplish my goals and be an active member of the community. My dog Walker...

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How Merlot Can You Go

How Merlot Can You Go

MEET OUR MOVERS: How Merlot Can you GO?  How they are Moving for PADS From August 13- September 19th Tia & Merlot along with other members of their team will be MOVING for PADS in a variety of  different ways. Each dollar amount donated indicates a different...

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Trails with Tails

Trails with Tails

MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM Trails with tails  How they are Moving for PADS Team Trails with tails is made up of many of our Vancouver Region Volunteers who are each moving in their own way to raise money for PADS.  Their Team Captain Suzanne has pledged to MOVE an average...

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Charge On with Chai & Emily

Charge On with Chai & Emily

MEET OUR MOVERS:  Charge On with Chai & Emily How they are Moving for PADS From August 13th - September 19th Emily will walk (with her crutches) or roll (with her wheelchair) for one minute for every dollar donated to her champagne.  Why they are Moving for PADS...

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Pedalling for PADS

Pedalling for PADS

Lauren is expected to arrive at the Calgary training Center Monday, August 24th between 12:45 and 1:00 pm MST. Tune in to our Facebook live stream to watch Lauren finish this incredible ride. MEET OUR MOVERS: TEAM PEDALLING FOR PADS How they are Moving for PADS...

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Kristy and Hayward

Kristy and Hayward

Join us on August 11th at 1:00 pm to hear how Kristy and her family benefit from having VIP Hayward in their family.  Make sure to click the link below to register!

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Public Statement: COVID-19

Public Statement: COVID-19

PUBLIC STATEMENT: COVID-19Last Updated: June 1, 2020 - 8pm The management and leadership of Pacific Assistance Dogs is wanting to share that we are treating COVID-19 pandemic with seriousness, without unduly restricting the important work PADS is doing. As an...

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Giving Tuesday Now

Giving Tuesday Now

It's been a challenging time for so many in our community, but our gratitude overflows at the way our village has pulled together to continue our important work. Some are facing extreme financial challenges, others are saving money by staying at home and not spending...

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Bill Brown Turns 60!

Bill Brown Turns 60!

Our Dear friend Bill Brown—who many of you will remember as our fabulous auctioneer from our For The Love of Dog Gala—is turning 60 on May first! For his birthday this year, he has graciously offered to help raise matching funds towards the purchase of a fully...

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Double Your Donation

Double Your Donation

It's #GivingTuesday 2020 and thanks to our dear friends at the McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund*, Pamela Manson Fund* & the Gracie-Waddell Fund* all donations made today will be matched up to $15K. This means that we could raise enough in just one day to train two...

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The Dogfather—PADS Caber—Retires

The Dogfather—PADS Caber—Retires

PADS Caber, placed with Kim Gramlich, Coordinator at Delta Police Victim Services in 2010.  Since then to say he's had an enormous impact, both in the people he directly serves and the Justice Facility Dog industry in Canada would be an understatement.  Today, Caber...

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KENNEL ASSISTANT – 10 WEEK SUMMER INTERN

KENNEL ASSISTANT – 10 WEEK SUMMER INTERN

POSITION OVERVIEW The Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) is changing lives, one dog at a time. We are dedicated to breeding, raising, training and placing assistance dogs for persons with a physical disability or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and to supporting...

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Position Statement: The Use of Shock Collars

Position Statement: The Use of Shock Collars

In recent days there has been a great deal of discussion in the media surrounding the BCSPCA's recently launched campaign against the use of shock collars.  This is a campaign that PADS supports wholeheartedly, knowing first hand the benefits of using...

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WestJet Gift of Flight Raffle

WestJet Gift of Flight Raffle

We’re excited that our friends at WestJet are helping us change lives yet again by giving you a chance to go on the trip of your dreams! One lucky raffle winner will win the WestJet Gift of Flight – one return trip for two (2) to any scheduled WestJet destination!

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Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation Supports PADS

Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation Supports PADS

PADS was pleased to be chosen by the The Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation as one of their 2018 recipients.  The Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation is a proud supporter of various non-profit and community groups assisting them continue their various programs that benefit...

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Telus Cares

Telus Cares

We're tremendously grateful to the TELUS Calgary Community Board for recently approving a grant application to sponsor two VIPs to be placed with vulnerable children or youth in the Calgary region in the next year.  VIP Dogs (Very Important Pets) are placed with...

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Sara Blake 60th Birthday Challenge

  Hi everyone, September is my 60th Birthday month!  Woot! Woot!  It’s a very big deal to me!  And here is why: I usually do something major for each decade Birthday.  In the past it’s been something physical, challenging and scary that I haven’t done before. For...

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Pacific Blue Cross

Pacific Blue Cross

Pacific Blue Cross has kindly presented PADS with a $10K donation. This generous donation will help fund the program development of our new PTSD Program for first responders and veterans. While our program is still in development, this donation will help...

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