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Our History

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

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Since that year, the organization has seen several changes in its effort to become Canada’s only membership based, veteran led registered charity:

  • The organization updated its Bylaws, its Board structure, and redesigned its logo to better reflect its their outreach to former members of the police, fire, ambulance/paramedic, and corrections services.
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  • In 2020, the pandemic struck increasing the cost of buying a puppy, raising, socializing, and training it to be a service dog dramatically. CVSDU reacted by instituting weekly virtual meetings, checking in with each member and our trainers with support.
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  • In 2022, we launched a number of initiatives, including the establishment of the Communications and Fundraising Committee, creation of a CVSDU Display Unit and the implementation of the CanadaHelps Donor Management System.

That same year, the Board held its first Strategic Planning Sessions resulting in the identification of 5 priorities for the Board:

1. Finding a new home, a physical location where we can have an office and do regular training.

2. Hire a part-time administrative assistant to help with the day-to-day work.

3. Develop a growth strategy for the organization and our financial base.

4. Develop tools and program around Peer Support within the CVSDU, and carry out outreach activities in the communities we live in.

5. Develop ways and means to train more puppies to become service dogs and provide support and opportunities for individuals to become dog trainers in the CVSDU.

Further Progress

  • We have offered potential donors several Ways to Give, resulting in over 1,000 donations totally $118,500 year to date.
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  • We have garnered the financial support from several companies and funding agencies.
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  • Over the past 10 years, CVSDU has trained 58 dogs with each dog receiving over 100 hours of Basic and Public Access training and an additional 36 hours of Service Dog team training.
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  • We have increased the number of annually trained Service Dogs, matching them with veterans or first responders living with PTSD.