PADS exists to help individuals facing the challengesof a physical disability (other than blindness), by raising, training and placing life changing assistancedogs.

We support these successfully matched teams throughout their working lives.

PADS trains 3 types of assistance dogs:

Service Dogs for people with physical disabilities,

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf or hard of hearing and

Facility/Therapy Dogs for therapeutic placements inlong term care, group homes, hospitals and schools or Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) settings.

In addition to the critical skills/services the dogsprovide on a daily basis, they also provide a sense of security and act as a social icebreaker to those who  may otherwise feel marginalized by their disability.

In addition to it’s fully certified assistance dogs, PADS places VIP (Very Important Pets) with children with disabilities, these special dogs provide a lovingcompanion for children struggling with disability or illness and are furry and friendly social icebreaker.

The PADS Campus is comprised of 5 buildings locatedin central Burnaby, thanks to the City of Burnaby(who support our work by providing an attractive long term lease arrangement).

PADS currently employs 12 full and part-timestaff, has 70 dogs in various stages of training and boasts over 250 members / volunteers.

 In addition to our Burnaby Campus we run a puppy-raising and volunteer program in Calgary, AB (with one staff member).

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) became aregistered charity under the Societies Act February 13, 1987.

 PADS is proud to be a member of Volunteer Canada,Volunteer

Vancouver and Volunteer Calgary.

Our Dogs

PADS dogs change lives.

They are more than beautiful, healthy companions;they are specially trained to aid people.

Some of our clients have physical disabilities or are Deaf or hard of hearing.


Some dogs are placed in therapy settings withprofessional caregivers who work or volunteer in long term care facilities, group homes, rehabilitation centres and private practice. 

Many people are aware of the need for guide dogs forpeople who are blind, but do not realize the need for assistance dogs for people with other disabilities.

According to Statistics Canada, there areapproximately 240,325 mobility impaired, 241,300 agility impaired and 170,985 hearing impaired people in BC alone, and this is only a part of the population that PADS strives to serve.


‘Assistance dog’ is a broad term that refers to any dog trained to assist someone with a disability in their day

to day life.

There are several sub-categories of assistance dogs.

At PADS, we train Hearing Dogs (sometimes called signal dogs), Service Dogs and Facility Therapy Dogs.

We also place some of our dogs that aren’t suitable asassistance dogs as VIP dogs with children or adults who want a companion that has a stable temperament.

Home » Help Give a Dog

Your time and support enables us to raise, train andplace more amazing dogs than ever before!

Here are 5 easy ways you can help give a dog…

Make a Donation

Whether you are an individual, business orfoundation  you can trust that your donations will be well stewarded.

You can also give donations in kind, for some of ourcurrent needs check out our wishlist.

Raise a Dog

Bring an adorable puppy into your life for 12 months and teach it that the human world is a friendly and safe place.

Give your Time

We can use your time and skills to help promote PADS, care for our wonderful dogs or maintain our facility.

 Become a Member

Your commitment and involvement shapes thefuture of our organization.


By purchasing PADS merchandise you support ourprograms – by giving a jacket or calendar you are alsogiving the gift of independence.


© Copyright 2010 Pacific Assistance Dog Society ·9048 Stormont Ave, Burnaby, BC, V3N 4G6Registered Charity #: 89225 2347 RR0001

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