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.
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.
As Canada's longest-running mission-specific PTSD service dog provider (PTSD dogs - that's all that we do, and we've been doing this for over eight years now! :) ) we are now getting into the re-testing cycle for some of our dogs. Former Canadian Forces medic Chris Robinson and "Stella The Wonder Dog" breezed through the BC Government re-certification test over in Victoria, BC this afternoon. CONGRATULATIONS to both of them. And check out the expression on Stella's mug: "NAILED IT!!" LOL. 😍 😍
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
202 - 2476 York Ave
Every little bit helps, and we sincerely thank you for your kind support!