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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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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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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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Farewell to an Extraordinary Friend

Farewell to an Extraordinary Friend

It's with great sadness that we share that our beloved Juanita Valentine passed away on May 28, 2018. While many of you may not know this dear lady, so many did...and she leaves a void in our hearts and our organization that is impossible to fill. Juanita has been...

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What’s Swedish for “Thank You”?!

What’s Swedish for “Thank You”?!

For years, PADS trainers and volunteers alike have headed to Ikea Coquitlam—just up the road from PADS Burnaby Campus—for field trips, socialization and of course delicious Swedish treats and furniture.  But recently they spotted something new in store: Lurvig! This...

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Vancouver Whitecaps Fundraiser

Vancouver Whitecaps Fundraiser

PADS Supporters can save off regular price Vancouver Whitecaps tickets and $7 per ticket sold comes back to PADS to support our programs. Ticket quantities at these prices are limited so don’t wait. Purchase your Vancouver Whitecaps tickets today! Vancouver Whitecaps...

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Armstrong Co-op

Armstrong Co-op

It takes a village! In partnership with the Armstrong Regional Cooperative gas bars today PADS Okanagan received their Patronage Equity Payment. Stopping by the Vernon Gas Bar today were PADS Client Sarah Lapp & PADS Assistance Dog Rico, local radio personality...

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PTSD Program Initiative

PTSD Program Initiative

PADS is excited to soon be launching our first new program in 8 years: Dogs for Veterans and First Responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).The initial seed money for the program came through a grant from the Alberta Government to support the Veterans and...

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Mike

30 Stories for 30 Years – Mike

PADS is a family that comes together and accomplishes a common goal, to help people in our community that can benefit from an assistance companion. They are not “just dogs”. Each companion we raise is as unique as each person you know, they communicate differently, they show affection differently, they express sadness differently, but they love unconditionally!

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Rebekah

30 Stories for 30 Years – Rebekah

PADS has been the best thing that has happened to me and my family. It has given me a soul-mate that has added a new dimension to my life, and I am eternally grateful to the organization, the training staff, the puppy raisers, the volunteers and the extended family of supporters for all they have done.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Carol

30 Stories for 30 Years – Carol

Early in 2016 my husband and I lost our most beloved dog to cancer. He was a beautiful border collie named Ernie and he was the love of our lives. As anyone who has had to say goodbye to a cherished pet will know, we were heartbroken and bereft. After moping around the house for a few months we decided to take our sad selves off to Mexico for a change of scenery. There, we met a couple from Calgary who told us all about the puppies they raised for this amazing charity called PADS!

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Anne

30 Stories for 30 Years – Anne

My life as a vice- principal and teacher of students with special needs is hectic. I worried that raising a puppy would be problematic. My test was to do a 2 month trial with Amber ll from the yellow litter and see how it went. Without question, a puppy at school works! Enter Peony, a golden retriever puppy from the Bush Litter who joined our staff January 2016.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Mac

30 Stories for 30 Years – Mac

What nobody realized yet, was that Mac had already made his choice. He bonded with that volunteer and made it clear over the months of advanced training, that he had chosen her as his person. He did well in class and moved forward in the program, but he was a different, happier dog when the volunteer came to the yellow compound.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Lee

30 Stories for 30 Years – Lee

We were so excited and hoped to get a sweet, little 8-week-old yellow lab only to arrive and be presented with a large gangly 6 month old pup named Santini. I must admit, we were both slightly disappointed as we had been dreaming about puppy breath. Within a week, we realized we had hit the jackpot as Santini knew almost every command in the manual PADS had provided to us. In puppy class, Santini was a rock star and always made us look amazing.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Monica

30 Stories for 30 Years – Monica

I went for an orientation and in the Spring of 2009 I began working Sunday afternoon in the kennel. I remember being there on the first Father’s Day after loosing my father. There I was, sitting on the floor of the Advanced Kennel with Poppy, now working at Canuck Place, with her head on my lap. It helped ease the pain at the loss of my father.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Mintenkos

30 Stories for 30 Years – Mintenkos

A basket of golden retriever puppies on the cover of the Burnaby Now in January 1999 caught Bob’s eye. PADS was looking for puppy raisers for their newest litter (the S litter) – Sarge, Seymour, Strider, Sully, Sadie, Sage, and Sydney. So, we decided to become involved and in late March we got the call that our “baby” had arrived, a chocolate lab named Milhouse.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Nicole

30 Stories for 30 Years – Nicole

During puppy raising, Koltan had a huge will to please. He loved to work and learn, and showed a great aptitude for receiving and giving affection to others. Koltan has a presence about him that brings calmness and reassurance to those he interacts with. With his gentle, calm and old soul demeanor, all anyone had to do was to meet him once and they fell in love with him. In the end, it was these qualities that helped determine his path to become an Accredited Facility Dog and he was placed at Surrey Memorial Hospital as a Trauma Dog.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Laurie & Athens

30 Stories for 30 Years – Laurie & Athens

Athens was our very first PADS dog and, although we had always raised Goldens for over 30 years, we did not know how much more enriched our lives would become upon his addition to our home. Most dogs like Athens are fortunate to have one demanding career but little did we realize that he was going to add another one to his curriculum vitae.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Lisa & Rowan

30 Stories for 30 Years – Lisa & Rowan

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!

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Carol Ann & Barley

30 Stories for 30 Years – Carol Ann & Barley

Barley gave me freedom. To go for a walk by myself, to go shopping, to travel, to continue working when part of my job was going from building to building across campus. I was never alone because I had Barley with me. No longer did people stare at me because I was in a wheelchair. They stared at Barley and his amazing ability to pull. No longer the lady in the wheelchair going slow, I was the lady with the dog everyone loved and he brought a smile to their faces.

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OPEN HOUSE – 2017

OPEN HOUSE – 2017

The annual PADS Open House happened on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. Despite the rain, the smell of hot dogs and Ken's famous chili filled the air as guests and dog lovers explored the PADS campus. Luckily the sun came out just in time for our demonstration puppy...

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High Tea Photos

High Tea Photos

It was a wonderful afternoon filled with laughter, tasty treats, amazing party fashions from the 20th Century, puppies, and so much love for the special ladies in our lives. Fashion historian, Ivan Sayers, did not disappoint with his marvelously curated show and his wit.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Nola

30 Stories for 30 Years – Nola

One day, on the way to cuddling, I stopped at the hospital to visit my beloved uncle. While I was there, the Doctor advised my uncle that his cancer was terminal. After crying my heart out I continued to puppy cuddle. When I stepped into little Quaker’s kennel he sat there staring intently into my face, then when I sat down with him he licked a tear off my face then pressed hard against my body as he slid into my lap. He continued looking into my eyes and I believe he could feel my pain and was saying “I’m here for you”.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Lindsey & Silky

30 Stories for 30 Years – Lindsey & Silky

At first, I thought I wanted to be an Education Assistant, because of how much I love being in the schools (Silky loves all the attention she gets from the kids, too!) After spending two years back at school myself, as a student, I realized how much more I can do to help other people in wheelchairs now that I have Silky by my side.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Nicole & Vespa

30 Stories for 30 Years – Nicole & Vespa

Vespa was a hard worker, and yet so easy going. She enjoyed a night out on the town or an evening in to nap when I wasn’t feeling well. She was quite happy to accompany wherever I went and we were never at any loss for people to talk to. People loved to approach us and ask questions or chat and I certainly didn’t mind chatting with strangers. She was a great conversation starter.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Meredith

30 Stories for 30 Years – Meredith

About seven years ago we were in a great period of transition; jobs were changing and our hopes of having a family were dashed by illness and long adoption waiting lists. While out walking one day, we spotted a woman walking a yellow lab with a bright yellow cape. We saw the PADS logo and started talking about what it would be like to give back to the community like that.

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30 Stories for 30 Years – Marcia & Marshall

30 Stories for 30 Years – Marcia & Marshall

Marshall alerted me to all the sounds in my environment that I cannot hear – the smoke detector, timer, telephone, alarm clock and people knocking at the door. With his help I was connected to the world of sound around me. He took his job very seriously and I learned to trust him completely, he was never wrong. He worked 24/7. He gave me confidence. He could, by virtue of his smoke detector alerts, even safe my life.

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30 Years of Changing Lives

30 Years of Changing Lives

Today marks 30 years of changing lives... from humble beginnings of a small group of like-minded people that set out train rescue dogs to be hearing dogs for those who were deaf or hard-of-hearing -- to the thriving organization that places dogs as Service Dogs,...

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday 2016, PADS decided to give the naming of one of our litters to our community of donors.  The names and votes have now been tallied and the results are in.  Did you know PADS names all their litters on themes? This is so we can easily keep track of...

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Saying Goodbye to a Great One

Saying Goodbye to a Great One

Sometimes in this life we meet one of the "great ones" -- this week our community has been hit hard with losses, but this one has left us breathless. For those of you that don't recognize him, this is our client, ambassador, friend, champion, donor, cheerleader and...

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