Dogs with Wings 2020 Graduating Class

In the face of adversity, Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (DWW) continues to strive for business as usual.  Of course, today’s times have provided our non-profit organization with more opportunities to expand our mission in helping individuals with disabilities to gain independence.  This is also now a time of virtual reality; a new way to reach our supporters of Volunteers, Donors, Sponsors and most importantly, our Clients.

To view our special graduation video for 2020, click here:

Today, we celebrate another successful graduation of Client/Certified Dog Teams!  Our graduates have completed their training programs and have been matched with their fur-ever families to do what they have trained and worked so hard to achieve.  Dogs with Wings is so proud of their accomplishments and we invite you to help us in celebrating the lives they will impact and change evermore for the better.  Help us to give our graduates a virtual congratulations.  Here’s our DWW 2020 Graduating Class:


Congratulations Class of 2020!

You’ve  Earned Your Wings;

Let Your Dreams Take Flight!


Shaw Birdies for Kids Presented by AltaLink 2020 Campaign

As we forge through unchartered history, Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (DWW) is partnering for our 4th year with Shaw Birdies for Kids Presented by AltaLink (BFK) for another fundraiser matching program!  The campaign kicks off today, Sunday, May 24th and runs through to Sunday, August 30th.  Mark your calendars for the last weekend in August and plan to attend this exciting Pro Golf Tournament.  DWW will once again have a booth in the Spectator Village.  Stop by to visit and join in the fun!

(Please Note:  For up-to-date information on the status of the Shaw Charity Classic, please go to BFK’s website at:

During the BFK campaign, all donations made to DWW will be channeled through the BFK matching funds program, giving DWW the opportunity to receive additional funding.  As donations are made through the BFK on-line donation page, DWW will receive 100% of the donation – no service fees or additional surcharges.  Your donation will be matched up to 50%, making your donation dollars go even further!

This year, the matching funds received through the BFK program, will be directly applied to the operating costs for DWW as we endeavor to recuperate the 2020 losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Won’t you help us to continue our work to breed, raise, train and place certified dogs for individuals with disabilities?  Your generosity will be changing lives for the better . . . one dog at a time!  To donate now, click here:


Ambassador DWW Knut (Front) and DWW Maple (Back)

Public Announcement – Covid 19

We had hoped our facility would be open by May 04, but this will not be happening. We will continue to evaluate and adhere to recommendations from Alberta Health Services and our Government. We do not have a confirmed date to re-open.  We will inform everyone of our resumption plan when we know more. If you are no longer able to keep our dog in training with you during the day, please let us know and we will arrange alternate plans

Our staff will be available via email and will be working from home and welcome your emails. To contact a member of our staff, visit our staff directory ( We thank you for your understanding!


Clients & Volunteers

The safety and health of our staff, clients, and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. We have been monitoring Alberta Health Services and the World Health Organization, and have been in constant contact with our veterinarian consultants. Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that dogs can become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. However, it has been found that dogs and other animals can be fomites for the virus in their fur and equipment. We recommend the following for our client and in-training DWW Dogs.

  • Sanitize and clean your collar, tags, leash, easy walk, halti, and vest (if applicable) every day. All equipment and vests can be cleaned in your washing machine and hung to dry.
  • No public outings (unless completely necessary for clients) and avoid contact with people in public spaces and on walks.
  • Discontinue off leash park visits, as they are not a safe space at this time.
  • Do not allow the public to pet your dog or interact with your dog at all, including on neighbourhood walks.
  • Neighbourhood walks are permitted, but we recommend not in large groups. Only one family member should take the dog on walks. Our DWW pen will be open for play time, but only one foster and dog are allowed in each pen.
  • Do not kiss your dog or share food with your dog, and wash your hands often.
  • For our dogs in training, we ask you to keep your dog at home if you are able to do so. If not, please contact your trainer as soon as possible to make other arrangements. Please do not enter our facility without prior permission from a DWW staff member. Puppy classes and training classes are cancelled until further notice. Trainers will be doing daily check ins with our dogs, so watch your inbox!


If you, or a member of your family, becomes ill with Covid 19, we recommend the following:

  • Limit contact with other animals and your own DWW dog until more information is known about the virus.
  • Have another family member (if applicable) take care of feeding and playing with your DWW dog.
  • Do not share food, kiss, or hug them and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.


Events & Fundraising

This is a difficult time for Dogs with Wings, as we have had to cancel all events and fundraisers in the coming months. If you are able to support or donate to us, we would greatly appreciate it. To donate, we encourage you to make a gift through our website ( Donations and fundraising questions or inquiries can be sent to


For those worried about our resident cat, Clive, he will be provided for and there is a staff schedule for his needs, and the facility has been disinfected with strict protocols for those entering and leaving the facility. If you miss seeing Clive, check out his Instagram account @dww_clive to get your “Clive fix.”


We thank everyone for their support and concern during this time. We will miss seeing our DWW family face to face, but it is very important to us to keep our community safe and healthy. Watch for us on social media, stay in touch through email, and keep sending photos! We’ll see you in May!


Doreen Slessor, CFRE

Executive Director


Dogs with Wings SIT Program


Welcome to the Service Dog Introduction Training Program, or as we like to call it – the SIT Program!

This four week training seminar teaches you the in’s and out’s of Service Dog training. The program will provide you the opportunity to foster dog(s) in training, learn from professionals and clients in the industry, participate in field trips and train in public with Service Dogs in-training, and learn about health, wellness, and breeding of Service Dogs. Student Applications will be live on our website on March 1st, 2020. Stay tuned for more information.


~Applications open March 1st~

~Applications close April 15th~


Cost – $3,500

– 140 instructional hours from Dogs with Wings’ staff, featuring clients, guest speakers, and professionals in the community

– Hands on practice and field trips (costs included)

– All materials for the two dogs that you will foster (if applicable) during the four weeks. This includes their food, bed, kennel, mat, bowls, toys and bones, poop bags, service dog jacket, equipment (collar, easy walk, halti, leash), medications (if applicable)

– Materials to help prepare you, include a treat pouch, instructional binder and materials, service dog ID card, backpack, and t-shirt


The SIT Program is a four-week training seminar program, occurring from July 6-31, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta

Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm (hours may vary).


– 18+ years, with a willingness to learn

– No dog training experience necessary

– Applicants who owner-train service dogs will not be considered for this program


Questions about the SIT Program?

– Call Dogs with Wings at 780-944-8011


Assistance Dogs International Disclaimer: Successfully attending and completing this Service Dog Introduction Training (SIT) Program does not signify that the attendee is a service/assistance dog trainer or qualified to train and/or place service/assistance dogs. Assistance Dogs International has specific standards that an individual must meet in order to be an assistance dog trainer – and taking part in this class does not meet these requirements.

2020 PawPrints Circle of Caring Campaign


Left to Right – DWW Romeo (Sponsored by The McCaig Family), DWW Poncho, DWW London, DWW Knut (Sponsored by Laurin Adjusters Ltd.), DWW Pete II (Sponsored by Stahl Peterbilt) and DWW Quinn (Facility Dog)


The annual nutrition costs for DWW are $50,000.  To help cover this annual expenditure DWW is kicking off  the 2020 PawPrints Circle of Caring (PPCC) Campaign.

With your influential support of a $1,000 donation, you will become an Exclusive Member of the DWW PawPrints Circle of Caring.  DWW provides free nutrition to whelping homes, puppy and adult raisers and boarding homes.

For your donation,  Exclusive Members receive:

  • Custom designed lapel pin recognizing Exclusive Membership
  • Recognition on our Dogs with Wings website
  • Invitation to our annual Graduation Ceremony
  • Invitation to the annual Exclusive DWW PawPrints Circle of Caring Recognition Reception
  • Official tax receipt for your donation

To become a member or find out more about our additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Zahara at: or call 780-944-8011.

Help us to keep our dogs happy and healthy!

Left to Right: DWW Marlee (Sponsored by Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation) and Trainer Chihiro, DWW Tango II and DWW Knut (Sponsored by Laurin Adjusters Ltd.) with DWW Onyx (Sponsored by The Wiebe Family Foundation/Edmonton Community Foundation).  


Thank you for your support!

DWW 2019 PawPrints Circle of Caring Campaign Update



Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the nutritional needs, health and well-being of our DWW Dogs In-Training!



The annual nutrition costs for DWW are $50,000.  To help cover this annual expenditure we have created the PawPrints Circle of Caring (PPCC) Campaign.

With your leadership support of a $1,000 donation, you will become an exclusive member of the DWW PawPrints Circle of Caring.  DWW provides free nutrition to whelping homes, puppy and adult raisers and boarding homes.

For this donation, you will become an exclusive member of PawPrints Circle of Caring and will receive:

  • Custom designed lapel pin recognizing exclusive membership
  • Recognition on our DWW website
  • Invitation to our annual Graduation Ceremony
  • Invitation to the annual exclusive DWW PawPrints Circle of Caring Recognition Reception
  • Official tax receipt for your donation

To become a member or find out more about our additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Zahara at: or call 780-944-8011.

Help us to keep our dogs happy and healthy!


ALCANNA presents The Raise Our Wings Gala

Join us on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in West Edmonton for the 12th Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. Our theme is Black & Gold, to highlight the Black and Yellow Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retriever crosses we train as Assistance Dogs. The event includes Dinner, Raffles, a Live and Silent Auction, Photo Booth, a Dog Demo/Fashion Show and more!

Reception 6:00 PM

Dinner 7:00 PM

Doubletree by Hilton

16615 – 109 Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB T5S 1H7

Click the bone to Purchase tickets!

Gala History
This year, our Dogs with Wings Gala is celebrating its 12th Anniversary! The event has grown to over 400 guests, and has become one of Edmonton’s premier events. The Gala has raised more than $100,000 annually for Dogs with Wings. The support from Gala Sponsors, Guests and Donors, contributes to the success of the event and helps ensure that Dogs with Wings is able to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Please contact our Gala Commitee at or the DWW Office at 780-944-8011 if you have questions or inquiries.

Join DWW at the 2019 Shaw Charity Classic








Dogs with Wings is thrilled to partner with Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink for the annual Shaw Charity Classic.  The PGA Tour Champions event will run from Wednesday, August 28 to Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta.

Stop by to visit DWW at our booth in the Spectator Village and join in the fun!  For discounted tickets, follow these steps:


~Happiness is a warm puppy~

DWW River - 2 Weeks Old

Dogs with Wings 2019 Graduation Celebration


Dogs with Wings held their annual 2019 Graduation Celebration on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre.  Another successful year of graduates went across stage, with 15 graduating dogs in total!  A huge shout-out to all of the Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors for your love, generosity, dedication and support to help these dogs complete their training programs.  Here is the list of graduates - congratulations to you all!!!

Facility Service Dog ARCHER - P.A.C.E. Grande Prairie/Caribou Youth and Child Centre (Sponsored by Paige Stahl)

DWW Breeding Program CALI (Sponsored by Nola Rintoul)

Facility Service Dog HERO - Grasmere School

Facility Service Dog HOPE - Sturgeon VSU

Companion Dog IVY (Sponsored by Paige Stahl)

Autism Service Dog JAGG (Sponsored by United Construction Company Inc.)

Autism Service Dog JUNA (Sponsored by Plumbers & Pipefitters U.A. Local Union 488)

Autism Service Dog KC

Companion Dog LINCOLN (Sponsored by Eddy Stahl)

DWW Breeding Program LONDON (Sponsored by Anonymous Donor)

DWW Breeding Program MAPLE

DWW Breeding Program RIO (Sponsored by Paige Stahl)

Facility Service Dog RUGBY - Little Warriors/Be Brave Ranch  (Sponsored by Stahl Peterbilt)

DWW Breeding Program WAVERLEY

Facility Service Dog WEBSTER - Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre


Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2019! You’ve earned your wings;

let your dreams take flight! 🐾🎓


In addition to the dogs graduating, Dogs with Wings is thrilled to announce the graduation of Veronica Fraser as well.  Veronica is now a Certified Instructor at Dogs with Wings.  Congratulations Veronica on all of your hard work.  The best is yet to come!




~Happiness begins with a wet nose and ends with a wagging tail!~

DWW 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Come One, Come All!

On behalf of Dogs with Wings, you are cordially invited to attend our annual Graduation Ceremony. This is a celebration open to the public with an opportunity to see our Graduating Class of Dogs for 2019. Help us to share in the magic of our dogs crossing the stage and earning their wings to fly with their fur-ever Clients!

Dogs with Wings 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 26th

The Chateau Louis Conference Centre

11727 Kingsway Avenue NW, Edmonton

Ceremony at 1:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom

                                                     DWW Lex sponsored by Eddy Stahl


We hope to see you there!