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Making a Difference
One Veteran At a Time

CVSDU exists to train and provide service dogs to Canadian veterans and first responders suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

(Please note that CVSDU does not solicit donations outside commercial establishments unless through events advertised on this website)

Making a Difference
One Veteran At a Time

CVSDU exists to train and provide service dogs & support to military and first responder veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Operational Stress Injury (OSI).

Making a difference
one veteran at a time

CVSDU exists to train and provide service dogs & support to military and first responder veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Operational Stress Injury (OSI).
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Veterans Helping Veterans

The Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit (CVSDU) was initially founded in 2014, by a group of dog trainers who wanted to help injured veterans.

Today, CVSDU is the only membership based, veteran led charity in Canada.  We train and provide service dogs to injured veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics, corrections officers and first responders, free of charge.

Our members are part of the CVSDU family, attending monthly training events and bi-yearly re-evaluation in order to maintain their standing as a qualified Service Dog Team.

To date, CVSDU has trained 35 teams and we have a waiting list of 20 requests for service dogs.

CVSDU is a registered Canadian charity
(Charity Number 839865797RR0001).

Veterans from Canadian military, RCMP and fire fighting
Make It Monthly
Make It Monthly


Our online donation collection partner, CanadaHelps, is carrying out its annual “Make it Monthly Campaign. Throughout March, CanadaHelps will donate an extra $20 for each NEW monthly donation of $20 or more to CVSDU. (Terms and Conditions) 

This year, we are doubling down with our new DONOR CHALLENGE. An anonymous husband and wife team has generously stepped forward and will also match any New monthly donations taking place in 2024 up to a total of $20,000!

If you’ve been thinking about the advantages of monthly giving, there is no better time than this March. Click here to discover why you should join our “Paw Partners Monthly Giving” program.

The motto of the CVSDU is “Veterans Helping Veterans".
Our understanding of what a veteran is includes former members of the police, firefighters, ambulance/paramedic, and corrections services*

We are making a difference, with your support, helping one veteran at a time.

* Statistics from a 2-Day Peer Support Training, September 28 & 29, 2023, Mood Disorders Society of Canada and Correctional Service of Canada

Research Study with Dr. Linzi Williamson, University of Saskatchewan

Service Dog Study

Do you or someone you know fit at least one of the following categories?: (1) someone who currently has their own service dog(s), (2) someone who previously had a service dog they no longer work with, (3) someone who wants but has not been able to get their own service dog. Dr. Linzi Williamson, Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, is looking for volunteers to complete an online questionnaire on Canadians’ experiences with having, or trying to get, a service dog in Canada. You can click on the website link below (or copy and paste it into a web browser) or scan the QR code in the research advertisement to access the online questionnaire. Both English and French versions of the questionnaire are available currently. Questions can be sent to linzi.williamson@usask.ca.

Want to Help?

We have partnered with CanadaHelps to offer many ways for you
to donate and support our work.

Make A One-time Donation

Make A One-time Donation
Your gift will help us pay for the many expenses to train and raise a puppy to become a service dog!
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Become a Monthly Donor!

Become a Monthly Donor!
Help us conduct monthly puppy training events by providing monthly gifts we can count on!

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Donate  Securities
By donating securities or mutual funds that have appreciated in value, you eliminated the capital gain tax. 
CVSDU will receive a large gift and you’ll benefit from a larger tax credit!
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a Car

Donate a Car
We have partnered with Donate A Car Canada to make it easier for our supporters to donate a car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle, boat, or RV.  Free towing is provided in most areas across Canada, or donors can drop off their vehicle.
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How Service Dogs Help

A Testimonial

This video was recorded in March of 2018.  At that time, CVSDU had a waiting list of 40 veterans/first responders.  This video is still very much appropriate showing the struggles of veterans trying to live with PTSD and how they are helped with Service Dogs in public situations like a local mall.


Today, we have trained 35 teams (veteran and service dog) and have reduced our waiting list to 8 requests for service dogs.


It takes between $12,000 - $15,000 to purchase, raise and train each Service Dog.   We look forward to 2024, our 10th Anniversary year, reducing our waiting list and providing more Service Dogs to veterans/first responders with PTSD.


We encourage you to visit our Video Gallery to see other videos from our program.

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