We train Medical Service Dogs for Veterans, Police, Firefighters, Paramedics , Nurses and 9-1-1 personnel who are diagnosed with PTSD or an Occupational Stress Injury



To provide service dogs and/or training support at no charge to the veterans, nurses or first responders who qualify to enroll in 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.


Service Dogs for Veterans, First Responders, Nurses and 911 Dispatchers that have been diagnosed with PTSD or an OSI.


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.

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Here's another great pic that arrived just yesterday. Former Canadian Army sapper (1CER) Eugene and his amazing best pal "Reese" have been in the Citadel Canine program for over two years now, and reside up in the Owen Sound, ON area. As part of his post-military service activity, Eugene is a Hunter Safety and Firearms instructor. Eugene says that Reese (a Beagle-Foxhound X) is with him virtually all of the time, and loves riding shotgun (literally) as they travel throughout Ontario. A great service dog team, and great Ambassadors for Citadel Canine as well.


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.

Every little bit helps, and we sincerely thank you for your kind support!

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  

202 - 2476 York Ave

Vancouver, BC

V6K 1E2