We are a leader in the international community of assistance dog training schools. Our mission is to foster integration and independence for Albertans with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs and aftercare.
Our goal is simple: to change lives for the better. Be sure to also get to know us a bit better by visiting our Friday Facts page.
Opening doors. Helping someone dress. Navigating through traffic. It’s all in a day’s work for our dogs.
Dogs with Wings is responsive to our community, adding programs and services that our clients need. Beginning in 1996, we offered guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired. In 2002, we added service dogs in response to client demand. In 2007 we added our Autism program, then one of only 2 in the country. Recently, we have placed a variety of facility and companion dogs to clients in all regions of Alberta.
We are also tied to our community via our volunteers who do so much for us. Since 1996, we have had literally hundreds of people assisting us by fostering our dogs in training. Today, Dogs with Wings operates puppy programs in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary and has over 200 active volunteers.
Dogs with Wings is proud of these important connections - with our clients and our volunteers. But through our membership in Assistance Dogs International, the International Guide Dog Federation and the Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools, we are taking an active part in the development of our industry, nationally and around the world.
Our organization exists to serve Albertans living with physical disabilities. We believe that our clients are valued members of society, who have contributions to make. Our job is to empower them through our programs to achieve their potential.