To provide fully trained service dogs and/or training support at no charge to the veterans or first responders within our program..
On occasion we will allow candidates with privately owned dogs to enter our service dog program but only after the dog passes an initial assessment conducted by one of our trainers.
Although based in British Columbia, Citadel is a Canada-wide operation, with training activity from BC right across to Newfoundland-Labrador. Citadel is primarily operated by volunteers, and training is provided by highly qualified dog trainers at greatly reduced rates, or in some instances at no charge to our Society. All of our dogs and the candidate/handlers within the Citadel Canine program are trained to the new standards recently implemented by the Justice Institute, Government of BC and Canadian Association of Service Dog Trainers.
Citadel Therapy Canine Society was incorporated as a non-profit Society by the British Columbia Registrar of Companies in early May, 2012. It is based in Vancouver, BC. Unlike many other service dog training schools, its sole mission is to train PTSD service dogs for new military veterans and first responders (Police, Fire, EMT, Nursing & 9-1-1 personnel). Citadel is also a registered as a Charitable Organization with Canada Revenue Agency.
Here's a nifty pic that came in a few days ago from Ontario; another new file for the Citadel Canine mission. Lets welcome "Kane" and his partner, a Canadian Army combat engineering veteran with 3CER at CFB Petawawa. Kane is a p/b Malinois, and this team began their training just a few short weeks ago. Related to that, Operational Stress doesn't take a holiday, even during a pandemic shutdown. With the exception of full-blown public access training, the Citadel Canine program has continued to function at a fairly high tempo during the past few very stressful months. Take care everyone, and Stay Safe as things start to get back to "The New Normal". :)
If you’d like to help us continue to support the training and delivery of PTSD service dogs to our candidates, please consider making a donation.
You can set up a monthly donation account or one time donation at CANADA HELPS
You can also make a donation by cheque payable to;
Citadel Canine Society
and mail to;
202 - 2476 York Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6K 1E2
Every little bit helps, and we sincerely thank you for your kind support!
If you are interested in getting a service dog and/or training please fill out the form below. For all other inquires please email
Send the Citadel Canine team a message and we will do our best to reply as quickly as possible.
We receive many requests from new veterans or first responders who would like a service dog While we would love to be able to help with every request, providing a trained dog is a serious undertaking. The wait may take well over a year because of the huge demand. Please fill out the form below if you are interested.