It’s puppy love this Valentine’s Day

Baden, pictured here at three month’s old, was raised in Calgary and is currently in advanced training.

Baden, pictured here at three month’s old, was raised in Calgary and is currently in advanced training.

Calgary, AB—One local non-profit organization hopes that Calgarians take the term “puppy love” literally this Valentine’s Day. Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) is looking for puppy-raisers. Instead of chocolate or flowers, why not give the gift of independence to those in need?

With three adorable puppies now in need of homes and five more on the way, PADS is asking Calgarians to open their doors and their hearts by fostering one of their service dogs-in-training. Fully trained assistance dogs help people with physical and other disabilities to complete many day-to-day activities, thus offering a new level of independence.

10-week old Labrador Retriever Glimmer

10-week old Labrador Retriever Glimmer

Puppies like 10-week-old Labrador Retriever “Glimmer” are in need of foster families who can commit to having these young dogs live with them for about a year, accompanying their raisers everywhere they go.

“It’s a big commitment,” admits puppy-raiser Miranda Turenne. “But while it might be a 24-7 kind of job, I love every minute of it. And in the end, I feel like it is the most rewarding volunteer experience I have ever had. I get to make a real, personal difference for someone else and that is more gratifying than words can express.”

Fully trained assistance dogs accompany their partners everywhere they go. During the training period, assistance dogs live with foster families, or puppy-raisers. Puppy-raisers play a critical role by giving their charges a strong foundation of early socialization and basic manners.

For more information contact Wendy Proudlock, Calgary Development Coordinator, PADS Calgary, (403) 615-6296, wendy@pads.ca.

About PADS: PADS’ 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. PADS services all of western Canada and relies entirely on fundraising, grants and donations to finance the care and training of PADS’ amazing dogs. PADS dogs are provided at no charge to clients.