is the civilian organization entrusted with the responsibility of using dog teams for avalanche search and rescue.
Founded in 1978, CARDA is a non-profit charitable organization. Each team, dog and handler, is highly trained, skilled and dedicated to achieve our mission of Saving Lives.
Inherent to Canada’s majestic geography, avalanches affect all Canadians either directly or indirectly. The roads and railways through mountain regions support our national economy while our friends and family enjoy the recreational opportunities. Because avalanches are an imminent hazard, CARDA members maintain a constant readiness to respond when needed, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Each team engages in an exceptional training program and must pass the validation exam every year.
The generous financial support from people like you, is what allows CARDA to continue our mission of Saving Lives.
When you’re buried, every second counts.
breeds, raises and professionally trains Guide Dogs for individuals who are blind/visually-impaired, and Autism Support Dogs for children with moderate to profound autism aged 3-10 and their families. It takes two years and upwards of $35,000 to produce one certified dog, provided free of charge to the recipient.
BC Head Office (Greater Vancouver):
7061 Ladner Trunk Road
Delta, BC V4K 3N3
Phone: (604) 940-4504
Toll-free within North America: 1-877-940-4504
Fax: (604) 940-4506
Mission is to Breed, Raise, Train and Place Assistance Dogs for persons with a physical disability or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and to support these client/dog teams for the working life of the PADS’ Assistance Dog.
This service is available to anyone in Western Canada who would like the added independence of an Assistance Dog. Applications must be made through our website.
Burnaby Campus (Central Office)
9048 Stormont Ave.
Burnaby, BC V3N 4G6
Phone: (604) 527-0556
Fax: (604) 527-0558
is a non profit, non-political affiliation of peace officers employed in the handling and training of service dogs in Canada. Handlers and Trainers from other countries may join, upon submission of an application to the board of directors. Peace officers, who are not handlers or trainers, or other persons may join the Association as an “Associate member” provided they are recommended by an active member, and approved by the Board of Directors. Retired Dog Handlers and Trainers that were active members will remain as active members.
President: Jason Gunderson
Regina City Police, K9 unit
Phone: (306) 551-4869
is an Association designed to bring all SAR dog people together. Everyone that has a love and passion for the training and deployment of Search and Rescue dogs can benefit from joining this Association.
National Search and Rescue Dog Association
508-401 York Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0P8
is proud to be the nations largest charitable donor supporting PTSD Animal Assisted programming. Since 2012, WWC has donated over $600,000 to ensure PTSD Service Dogs and Equine Therapy is available, at no cost, no matter where the veteran resides in Canada.
We understand the benefits PTSD Service Dogs provide to our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families. In many cases, we’ve witnessed these dogs help remove a Veteran from a situation of complete isolation and reconnect and engage them again with their family, friends, and society in general.
While the Service Dog is placed to directly support the ill and injured member, the family is positively impacted by this experience in a profound way.
310 Byron Street South, Suite 4
Whitby, Ontario L1N 4P8
is working to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us—improving goat production and empowering AIDS/HIV affected families in Uganda, improving poultry farms in Tanzania, reaching dogs and cats in remote communities in Canada and enhancing community awareness of animal health care in Laos. Our work promotes long term sustainability and community independence and works toward a global solution to better health and livelihoods for the world’s poorest people.
Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) works nationally and international to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal & public health. VWB/VSF-Canada provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal & public health professionals.
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 712
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7
Phone: (613) 857-0521
is a national non-profit organization committed to assisting past or presently serving Canadian Forces personnel, veterans, and emergency services personnel who live with a serious disability through use of trained service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals; and to support human safety through use of trained working dogs for police, military, and search and rescue. CSDF provides ongoing research into the effectiveness of working dogs, standards and equipment.
Phone: (613) 914-2733