We often use rescue dogs saved from animal shelters, that otherwise might not have a very promising future. 

We train and test these dogs, following strict and proven protocols, and then provide service or companion dogs at no charge to new veterans and first responders (police, fire, ambulance and 911).

Service or Companion Dogs Work!!  The Citadel Canine mission is to provide certified dogs to veterans that really need them, and we need your help.


At the present moment, Veterans agencies will not pay for the training and delivery of service or companion dogs to new veterans.

Only private donations, or donations from veterans groups or other sources, can ensure that Citadel service dogs get to the recipients that urgently need them.

You can do your part by making a small donation to help pay for the cost to deliver a dog to a new veteran, and...

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Mission Statement

Citadel Canine Society is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that was created to provide highly trained service dogs for new military veterans and first responders (police, fire, EMT, nursing, and 9-1-1 personnel) dealing with the challenges associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Occupational Stress Injuries (OSI). It began its operation in Vancouver, BC but is now a cross-Canada operation. Citadel also has at least two dogs trained in Canada that are now with new military veterans residing in the US. Almost all of those who have received a service dog have reported a significant improvement in their personal recovery programs, and their overall life experience. All of the dogs Citadel trains are provided to candidates at no charge to the recipients. Citadel Canine will also consider allowing candidate-owned dogs to become part of the program, provided these dogs pass the same rigorous assessment process that is followed when dogs are rescued from reputable, government licensed animal shelter operators.