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).
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
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
Service Dog Study
Want to Help?
We have partnered with CanadaHelps to offer many ways for you
to donate and support our work.
CVSDU will receive a large gift and you’ll benefit from a larger tax credit!
How Service Dogs Help
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.