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The Royal Canadian Legion Foundation

The Royal Canadian Legion Foundation

On November 16, 2023 PADS Executive Director Laura Watamanuk and PADS Radar visited the The Royal Canadian Legion Foundation | BC/Yukon Command to receive a $10,000 cheque from Executive Director Amber Stewart representing donations from the following Legion branches:...

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North Burnaby Legion

North Burnaby Legion

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #148We would like to thank the Burnaby Royal Canadian Legion Branch #148 for their generous donation of $6,000 from their Poppy Fund. Our Marketing & Media Coordinator, Meredith Areskoug, with PADS NAME, visited the Burnaby Legion on Sunday,...

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Meet Christian and PADS Sadie

Meet Christian and PADS Sadie

Join us on Tuesday, September 5th at 1:00 PM PDT for Tune-In-Tuesday featuring another one of our incredible Accredited Facility Dog Teams at the Vancouver Police Department – Christian and PADS Sadie.

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South Burnaby Legion

South Burnaby Legion

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #83We would like to thank the Burnaby Royal Canadian Legion Branch #83 for their generous donation of $2500 from their Poppy Fund. Our Director of Communications, Tara Doherty, with PADS Cadence, visited the Burnaby Legion on BC Day, Sunday,...

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Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada

CALLING ALL CANADIANS Together we can enrich the lives of our fellow Canadians through our incredible assistance dogs! From coast to coast, assistance dog schools are calling out the need for more volunteers to help raise puppies as the demand for certified assistance...

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Sicamous Legion

Sicamous Legion

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #99 We would like to thank the Sicamous Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99 for their generous donation of $10,000 from their Poppy Campaign. Our Executive Director Laura Watamanuk, with PADS Mudge, visited the Sicamous Legion Headquarters on...

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Jerry & Empress

Jerry & Empress

PADS Empress walks through life at Jerry’s side, ensuring that she is always there when he needs her. Matched in May of 2022, Jerry shares: “Empress has impacted my life in a tremendously positive manner. Being with me 24/7, she ensures that any onset triggers are identified and dealt with before…

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In Memory of Neil Mclean

In Memory of Neil Mclean

In Loving Memory of Neil McleanThe PADS village lost an incredible member this past spring when Neil McLean lost his battle with cancer. The McLeans have done so many things for PADS over the years, and it comes as no surprise that this amazing family would honour...

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Coquitlam Legion

Coquitlam Legion

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION #263We would like to thank the Coquitlam Royal Canadian Legion Branch #263 for their generous donation of $20,000 from their 2022 fall Poppy Campaign. Our Executive Director Laura Watamanuk, with PADS Mudge, visited the Coquitlam Legion...

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Meet Alex

Meet Alex

Join us Tuesday, May 2nd at 1:00 PM PDT for Tune-In-Tuesday to chat with Alex Hamer-the man behind the BC Distilled event!

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Calgary Release

Calgary Release

PADS Calgary is looking for a new home! Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) is appealing to the Calgary community to help us find a new home from which to train life-changing dogs. After 6 years subletting from our friends at Chasin’ Tails, in the Meridian...

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Meet Michele & PADS Zen

Meet Michele & PADS Zen

Join us on Tuesday, March 21st at 1:00 PM PDT for Tune-In-Tuesday featuring one of our Accredited Facility Dog Teams at the VPD – Cst. Michele McKnight and PADS Zen of the Employee Wellness Unit.

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Meet Chelsi & PADS Sonar

Meet Chelsi & PADS Sonar

Join us on Tuesday, March 7th at 1:00 PM PST for Tune-In-Tuesday featuring Accredited Facility Dog Team – Chelsi and PADS Sonar. They help people who have experienced trauma, grief and loss or have mental health challenges.

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Meet The Landscape Litter

Meet The Landscape Litter

Join us on Tuesday, February 21st at 1:00 PM PST (2PM MST) for Tune-In-Tuesday featuring our new Calgary puppies of the Landscape Litter – now 4 weeks old!

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Adventures of Sawyer Part 4

Adventures of Sawyer Part 4

Join us Tuesday, January 10th at 1:00 PM PST for our fourth instalment of the “Adventures with Sawyer Series”! Catch up with her Puppy-Raiser Jackie and see what skills they are working on that will help her when she enters adolescents in a couple of months.

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Richard & Biscuit

Richard & Biscuit

Richard Chalke has been a Police Officer with the Vancouver Police Department since 1997. In 2019 he was diagnosed with complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the many exposures to traumatic events and scenes over the years serving his community....

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Adventures of Sawyer Part 3

Adventures of Sawyer Part 3

Join us Tuesday, December 13th at 1:00 PM PST for our third instalment of the “Adventures with Sawyer Series”! Catch up with her Puppy-Raiser Jackie and see how they have been growing her world.

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MEET SUSAN & JONATHAN

MEET SUSAN & JONATHAN

Long-time volunteers Susan Taylor and Jonathan Young have spent decades as PADS ambassadors and advocates. They have raised puppies, helped with campus maintenance, hosted volunteer info sessions, volunteered at events...they have done it all. Within their circle of...

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Meet Pat and Orca

Meet Pat and Orca

Join us Tuesday, December 6th at 1:00 PM PST when we chat with Pat and AFD PADS Orca of the Provincial Overdose Mobile Response Team.

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In loving memory of Nancy Kemble

In loving memory of Nancy Kemble

It's with immense sorrow that we share that Nancy Kemble, a beloved member of our PADS family, lost her valiant battle with Cancer on Friday, November 11, 2022. Nancy has worn many hats at PADS - board member, board Chair, volunteer, donor, advocate and tireless...

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Nancy

CONTINUE NANCY'S LIFE-CHANGING WORK Throughout her career at Scotia Wealth Management Nancy worked tirelessly - she did the same for Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS). In her current battle with Cancer, she's expressed the desire to ensure the work she started at...

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Meet Hugo + Toast

Meet Hugo + Toast

Join us Tuesday, October 25th at 1:00 PM PDT when speak with Karlissa and Kenedi of Hugo + Toast, our new Corporate Sponsors.

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Invisible Disabilities Week

Invisible Disabilities Week

October 16-22 is Invisible Disabilities Week – at PADS we have many clients that fall in this category. We caught up with one that is close to home, our client (and PADS Communications Manager) Tara to share a few thoughts on some of the unique challenges of having an (often) invisible disability.

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Adventures of Sawyer Part 2

Adventures of Sawyer Part 2

Join us Tuesday, October 11th at 1:00 PM PDT for our second instalment of the “Adventures with Sawyer Series”! We will we catch up with her Puppy-Raiser Jackie and see what they have been working on!

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ADI Accreditation

ADI Accreditation

PADS was presented with our fifth Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accreditation at the #ADITogether conference in Concord, California last week.

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Meet Dave and Jasper

Meet Dave and Jasper

Join us Tuesday, September 27th at 1:00 PM PDT when we catch up with Dave and his Service Dog PADS Jasper. This dynamic duo was matched back in 2015 and have been going strong and steady ever since.

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Meet Jackie and Sawyer

Meet Jackie and Sawyer

Join us on Tuesday, September 13th at 1PM PDT, when we check in with Jackie our Breeding and Puppy Program Manager, who has just started Puppy-Raising PADS Sawyer, who comes to us from Career Dogs Australia.

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Meet Tia and Merlot

Meet Tia and Merlot

Join us on Tuesday, August 23rd at 1PM PDT, when we catch up with Tia and PADS Merlot of “How Merlot Can You Go”, our top individual fundraiser of 2022 to date!

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In a New Light

In a New Light

We are honoured and overwhelmed to finally get to share this film with our community. It documents the journey of our client Juliet Walden and PADS PTSD Service Dog Stark. This STORYHIVE Documentary was produced by our dear friends, the incredibly talented Mack Stannard and Maddy Chang…

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Meet PADS Tetley

Meet PADS Tetley

This week PADS Tetley joined our community. Her naming sponsor, Jessica Ferrari, is one of our dedicated volunteers. Jessica shares her volunteer journey thus far with PADS, and how little Tetley got her name. 

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Meet Grete and Angela

Meet Grete and Angela

Guests Grete Eide and Angela Bentivegna, Assistance Dogs International (ADI) Assessors, and PADS CEO, Laura Watamanuk, will join us live on Tune in Tuesday on August 9th at 1PM PDT.

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Meet Ella of Sew Awesome

Meet Ella of Sew Awesome

Join us Tuesday, July 26th at 1:00 PM PDT when we chat with young entrepreneur Ella of Sew Awesome who is making dog bandanas to support a PADS puppy-in-training.

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Kennel Technician | Position Filled

Kennel Technician | Position Filled

PADS is seeking a Kennel Technician, a full-time position, based in Burnaby, British Columbia. The Kennel Technician provides support to the Advanced Training & Puppy-Raising Program teams as needed.

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Call for Applications

Call for Applications

ABOUT YOU You are passionate about creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and respected You have a proven work ethic that is responsive You take responsibility for your actions, and honor your commitments You have a desire to engage and work closely with...

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Meet Ruth and Victoria

Meet Ruth and Victoria

Join us Tuesday, July 12th at 1:00 PM PDT when we visit with Ruth and Victoria, Breeder Caretakers of PADS Strudel and her Encanto Litter.

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Meet Krista and Felicity

Meet Krista and Felicity

Join us on Tuesday, June 14th at 1:00PM PDT as we chat with breeder-caretakers Krista and Felicity and meet the 6-week-old Constellations Litter!

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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!

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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!

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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...

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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.

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Public Statement: COVID-19

Public Statement: COVID-19

PUBLIC STATEMENT: COVID-19Last 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...

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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!

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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...

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2022 Winter Newsletter

2022 Winter Newsletter

Your support drives our mission, helps dogs transform lives, and empowers individuals to have an independent life. Behind each and every success story is a donor who makes this possible.

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Murray and Tony

Murray and Tony

Join us January 25th as we catch up with Murray and Tony! Tony works at the Customized Learning Centre, a small high school alternate program in Coquitlam School District.  Tony spends his day with Murray (handler) or Dannielle, Youth Worker (trained co-handler),...

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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 hearing...

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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 well as a...

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Lindsey & Iroko

Lindsey & Iroko

Join us on January 11th at 1:00 pm PST as we catch up with Lindsey and her Service Dog Iroko Lindsey describes Iroko as loyal attentive and strong. "He is a high energy dog who pushes me to bring my level to his. He helps me pick up everything I drop and I drop lots!...

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Kaden & Cana

Kaden & Cana

Meet Kaden and his new best friend Cana. This amazing pair were matched as part of the PADS VIP program in 2021. Kaden calls Cana his "new best friend forever" and is overjoyed about the new addition to their family.  When  asked to share about how Cana has affected...

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Marketing & Media Coordinator | Position Filled

Marketing & Media Coordinator | Position Filled

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’ Communications Team is at its core about Community Engagement – we have the privilege of connecting...

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Fern and Bellatrix

Fern and Bellatrix

Meet Fern and Bellatrix   Fern and Bella have been a service dog team for 8 years. Fern often tells people about the amazing impact of Bella on her quality of life. Read on to learn more about their remakable partnership and Join us tuesday Dec. 14th at 1:00 PM...

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Holiday Giving | Meet Sgt Tia Froh & Merlot

Holiday Giving | Meet Sgt Tia Froh & Merlot

Give a Gift that Makes a Difference Your gift ensures... ...children that have been victims of crime or trauma have a friend like Merlot when they need it most; ...veterans and first responders have a highly trained dog to help them battle PTSD; ...people with...

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Cindy & Mallee

Cindy & Mallee

Meet Mallee and Cindy  Cindy and Mallee are one of our graduate Teams of 2021! This dynamic duo will be joining us on December 21st to share about how their partnership is growing every day. “ My life has changed in more ways than I ever could have expected by...

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Meet our Newest Staff!

Assistant Trainer | Puppy-Raising Department West Coast Region Chelsea joins our puppy-raising team with a diverse background in animal and human behaviour - she is passionate about learning and in helping people learn and grow. If you were a PADS Dog, what kind of...

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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...

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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 whole...

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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...

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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...

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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 Okanagan Puppy-Raising...

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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...

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Mudge’s Journey

Mudge’s Journey

Meet Mudge, a fun-loving, slightly sassy girl who loves to help her client in any way that they need. Mudge was whelped, raised and trained all in the Lower-Mainland and was even whelped and raised by the same people: Teri & Rory Banks!  Throughout Puppy-Raising,...

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