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 Therapy Canine Society, which does business as Citadel Canine Society, or Citadel Canine, is a non-profit Society incorporated in British Columbia. It was incorporated in the summer of 2012, and it is also a registered charitable organization by Canada Revenue Agency. Consequently it is able to issue tax deduction receipts for donations.

The mission of Citadel Canine Society is two-fold: it strives to make the lives of our new veterans and first responders better, and it aims to reduce occupational stress that might have resulted from their service.

The careful selection and professional training of service dogs of the highest quality and temperament, that will in turn be employed to support the therapy and rehabilitation programs for new Military Veterans and first responders (Police, Fire, Ambulance and 911) dealing with personal Post Traumatic or Occupational Stress challenges, and for civilian recipients in select circumstances.

The delivery of these trained service dogs at no cost to prescriptively identified recipients, referred to the program by health care professionals, with a further commitment from Citadel Canine Society for funding to provide “follow-on” local training support for the dog and its new partner.

Support for targeted messaging, veterans’ and first responders’ initiatives, or information programs that will enable the general public become more aware of the tremendous personal health and well-being benefits deriving from PTSD service dogs, and...

Participation in select government sponsored scientific research activities specifically dedicated to the subsequent development of training and certification standards for superior therapeutic PTSD service dogs.

The first batch of dogs was delivered to recipients (two CF veterans and an RCMP officer) in January of 2013. Since that first delivery, Citadel Canine now has recipients with dogs, dogs in training, or recipients waiting for qualified dogs in: Victoria, Greater Vancouver, Kamloops, Creston, Edmonton, Okotoks, High River, North Battleford, Saskatoon, Regina, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Drummondville QC. A training capability in Atlantic Canada will likely emerge shortly.

Funding for the Citadel Canine mission is provided by individual, corporate, and organizational donations. To date donations have originated from a variety of sources within British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.