Now is an exciting time for us here at TLC. We have started our Companion Paws program, the first of its kind in Canada for Canadians in need. Please thoroughly read through before applying for a dog in our Companion Paws Therapy Dog program.
If you have your own well trained dog and are looking for him or her to become a Companion Paws animal for Assisted therapy, Visiting therapy or Personal therapy, please register for the mandatory pre-evaluation workshop by clicking this link. If you have passed the pre-evaluation workshop, please click here to register for your final evaluation.
Companion Paws (Canada) pets are not Service Dogs or Guide Dogs. Companion Paws pets are designated Therapy Animals. Therapy Dogs are trained and tested in therapy companion 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 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.
We will be working with rescue dogs and retired service dogs. Companion Paws Therapy Dogs will NOT be certified as service animals, the dogs are therapy companion animals. The strict level of training needed to complete the program is set by The LifeLine Canada Foundation while the certification exam is performed by Companion Paws qualified Therapy Dog evaluators. Upon completion and passing of the therapy dog evaluation, the owner/handler will receive a Companion Paws Therapy Dog vest, identification card and certficate of registration from The LifeLine Canada Foundation’s Companion Paws Therapy Dog program.
Companion Paws Therapy Dog Adoption Process
Step 1 – Complete and submit the application online with required supporting documents
Step 2 – When the applicant is funding the program process, payment is to be made after submitting the completed application. The cost is $1500.
Step 3 – When The LifeLine Canada Foundation is funding the program process for the applicant, the applicant will go onto our waiting list in the order that it was received.
Step 4 – When payment or funding for the applicant has been received and the applicant approved, the search process of adoption will start within 2 weeks time.
Step 5 – Upon applicant’s approval and funds confirmed, the “Companion Paws Adoption Approved Applicant Agreement” will be emailed to you. You must send back the signed and dated documents for the dog search to begin.
Step 6 – Once a suitable dog has been assessed and adopted, the dog will be placed w ith the applicant to become its handler.
Step 7 – The handler and their new dog will be required to take training classes with our trainers.
Step 8 – Once your dog is very well trained and ready, the handler will be registered with their dog for the Companion Paws Therapy Dog pre-assessment workshop.
Step 9 – Once your dog has passed the pre-assessment workshop, the handler will be registered with their dog for the Companion Paws Therapy Dog final evaluation.
Step 10 – When the handler and dog pass the Companion Paws final evaluation, The LifeLine Canada Foundation will forward documentation to be completed by the handler.
Step 11 – Once all documentation for registering is received, the handler will be given the Official Companion Paws Therapy Dog vest, Identification Card and Certificate of Registration with The LifeLine Canada Foundation’s Companion Paws program.
Step 12 – Continue to maintain and keep up with training at all times.
Step 13 – Complete the bi-weekly update of progress online.
Step 14 – Complete any annual requirements for Companion Paws Personal Therapy Dogs.
Applying for a Companion Paws Therapy Dog
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 applicants as to their application status once funding has been approved or received. 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.