Now is an exciting time for us here at TLC. We have just started our Companion Paws Canada program, the first of its kind in Canada for First Responders, Veterans, Active Military and Seniors. The Foundation is presently in the process of working with master trainers in western Canada, obtaining dogs, finding apprentice trainers and beginning this fantastic program. Animal Assisted Therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of a treatment process.
Companion Paws Canada pets are not Service Dogs or Guide Dogs. Therapy Dogs are trained and tested in therapy obedience. Interaction with a Therapy Pet provides therapeutic, motivational, educational and recreational benefits to enhance quality of life. Therapy pets DO NOT share the public access rights granted to service pets and may be denied admittance to public places. Companion Paws Canada pets do not have special privileges beyond those granted to any other pet in public places, on public transportation or in private buildings such as apartment blocks where the keeping of pets is restricted or prohibited.
A few things to note:
We will be working with rescue dogs and retired service dogs. Certifying your own personal pet as a Companion Animal is not part of the Companion Paws Canada (CPC) program. CPC dogs will NOT be certified as service animals (although that is just one step further in the training), the dogs will be trained as therapy companion animals. The strict level of training needed to complete the program will be set by TLC Foundation while the certification exam is performed by Accredited Therapy Dog evaluators. Upon completion and passing of the exam, the new owner will receive a CPC Therapy Dog vest, registration card and insurance for the CPC dog. The highest standards of training will be carefully monitored by TLC’s master trainer, ensuring the standard is met across the Nation.
Applying for a Companion Paws Animal
Please complete the below application along with the required documents.
Your doctor’s letter stating your diagnosis with a recommendation for a therapy dog. If you rent the home you live in, you must include your landlord’s permission letter with your application. (there is a section for uploads during the process). Any applications with missing information will not be reviewed.
Why Do You Need All This Info?
What Happens After I Apply?
TLC will notify all applicants within two weeks as to their application status. TLC reserves the right to refuse an adoption to any individual who does not meet our criteria and also reserves the right to keep our reasons for refusal confidential within the Foundation. TLC will NOT return telephone or email inquiries as to the status of your application.