DWW PawPrints Circle of Caring Campaign

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:  kim.fundraising@dogswithwings.ca or call 780-944-8011.

Help us to keep our dogs happy and healthy!

2018 National Philanthropy Day Awards by Dogs with Wings

Annaka Cook, Mike Schuh & DWW Jagg (Sponsored by United Construction Company Inc.) – NPD 2018
The McConnell Family – From Left: Kristi, Kaitlyn, Jeremy, Paul & DWW Jagg (Sponsored by United Construction Company Inc.) – NPD 2018


On behalf of Dogs with Wings, we would like to congratulate the 2018 National Philanthropy Award Recipients.  The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) held their 20th Anniversary of the National Philanthropy Day Awards event on Thursday, November 15th at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.  DWW submitted three nominations for this special honor:


1) The McConnell Family (and United Construction Company Inc.) nominated for the Outreach Sector;

2) Annaka Cook nominated for the Community Enrichment Sector;

3) Mike Schuh nominated for the Education Sector.




United Construction Company Inc. (UCC) has been a long-time supporter of Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (DWW).  Their unwavering philanthropy has made a profound impact on the Albertan community from dog and gala sponsorships, to construction services, to raffle ticket grand prizes and general donations.  When help is needed, they jump in with both feet, asking what they can do!  Jeremy McConnell, owner of UCC, is unsurpassed in his philanthropic efforts to support DWW and their mission to foster independence and integration for Albertans with disabilities by providing them with highly trained Assistance dogs.  No challenge is too big or too small.  Their generosity, dedication and service are truly notable by the clients they serve, their employees and their charity of choice, Dogs with Wings.





Annaka Cook is a valuable and dedicated volunteer member of the Dogs with Wings (DWW) community. Her eternally positive nature is noticed and appreciated by everyone around her.  As a Kennel and Training Assistant, Annaka does a lot of the not-so-glamorous work involved in training Assistance dogs. She spends time with each dog, grooming, brushing and relieving the dogs, never complaining, even when a dog has an “accident”.  Annaka is patient and open to feedback, embodying the “positive reinforcement” ideology of DWW, providing a positive impact on the dogs.   She goes above and beyond the call of duty by doing additional tasks without being asked or expected to. Annaka’s selfless giving and commitment to improving the lives of Albertans with disabilities with an Assistance dog, discreetly impacts the local community, where DWW is eagerly awaiting the creation of clone technology so they can create more volunteers just like her!





Mike Schuh, an Ambassador for Dogs with Wings (DWW), provides public presentations to local and surrounding companies and schools by bringing public awareness to the training of Assistance dogs.  As an Ambassador, he also attends fundraising events with the DWW Tap Dogs.  You will find Mike chatting with curious public members initiating interest in DWW.   His friendly and outgoing personality allows him to touch the heart of each person he meets, passing onto them the goals and values of DWW. Mike is the go-to guy, and he greets each opportunity with enthusiasm. His skilled handling of the dogs in training, leaves a propitious public impression. The impact Mike leaves on the public is invaluable to Service dogs and the work they do within the community of Alberta.  He touches people’s lives, and helps to educate on the advantages of Assistance dogs; the important work they do, and why.





 Far Right: Jeremy McConnell



Center with red dress: Annaka Cook



Center with DWW Jagg (Sponsored by United Construction Company Inc.): Mike Schuh


DWW Holiday Purdys Campaign 2018



Avoid the stress of long line ups at the mall and purchase your holiday gifts through our On-line fundraiser. With every retail purchase made we will earn 25% profit!


To get started, please go to the link : www.purdysgpp.com

Register to Start / Customer # 30373

Once logged in, you will be directed to the Dogs with Wings – Purdys Homepage

connected to TIA ZAHARA.


From there you are able to:

~ Invite other members ~

~ Shop On-line ~

~ Pay for your orders ~


Campaign open from Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to Monday, November 26, 2018.

Get your orders in before your favorites are sold out!


Orders will be ready for pick-up from DWW office on Thursday, December 6, 2018.


For additional information contact: Tia Zahara, Fund Development Assistant

Email: info@dogswithwings.ca Phone: 780-944-8011



Dogs with Wings Fall Open House



Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society’s Open House features:


   ~  Tour of the Training Facility

   ~ Gift Shop

  ~ Live  Dog Demos 

  ~ Learn about our Volunteer & Foster  Programs

  ~ Meet future DWW Assistance Dogs! 


There’s no need to register to attend our Open House, as tours will be held throughout the
day. The Open House is a free event, although our

Organization is accepting donations in support of our five Assistance Dogs Programs.



 Looking forward to seeing you at this family-friendly event!


Sunday, November 18th, 2018

11am – 3pm

11343 – 174 Street

Edmonton, AB T5S 0B7


Shaw Charity Classic – Kids Zone



Be sure to check out the HGS KidZone located in the HSBC Fan Experiences Area and enjoy free activities and treats for kids and families from 9 AM – 4 PM, Friday through Sunday of the tournament!

  • Go for a jump in the Shaw Bouncy Pipe

  • Swing like the pros at the snag golf station brought to you by Alberta Golf

  • Build an empire in the Habitat for Humanity BuildZone

  • Enjoy a sweet treat of cotton candy or a cold snow cone

  • Create your own Shaw Charity Classic keepsake at the arts & crafts station

  • And much more!

The HGS KidZone is Open Aug. 31 – Sept. 2!





Dog Daze of Summer Event at the Citadel Theatre


We’re so excited for the Dog Daze of Summer event at Citadel Theatre Wednesday, August 15th! Come join us – we’ll be there doing a doggie demo at 5 p.m. There’s going to be “Yappy” Hour drinks (cash bar), free hot dogs from Sonic 102.9’s Weenie Wagon, puppy improve with Rapid Fire Theatre (5:30 p.m.), a silent auction, and more! Half the funds raised from this event goes towards helping us do what we do!

Wednesday, August 15th

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Citadel Theatre: 9828 – 101 A Avenue, Edmonton, AB



Cuts 4 Less Hair Studio Fundraiser for Dogs with Wings


Our friends at Cuts 4 Less Hair Studio are hosting a fundraising initiative. As a locally owned salon in Edmonton, they are dedicated to give back to our community by choosing a new local charity each month and donating a dollar from every hair cut to support the charity’s cause. They have chosen Dogs with Wings to be their charity to support for the MONTH OF AUGUST! Stop by their salon for a hair cut and “Get Groomed” for Dogs with Wings!

For information on Cuts 4 Less Hair Studio services,

Click Here to visit their website.


13127 – 82 Street NW, Edmonton



Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Tetra Tech Make Donation!

(Left to Right) Jasmine Williamson-Hall (Enterprise), DWW London with Kim Zahara (Dogs with Wings),
Marla Mooney and Amber Audette (Tetra Tech)

We’d like to thank our friends at Enterprise Rent-a-Car for their generous donation of $1,500 on behalf of their client, Tetra Tech.

Did you know that Tetra Tech also sponsored our Facility Dog, DWW Ringo (Ringo VSU) when he was in his training program?  Our friends at Tetra Tech, named Dogs with Wings as their charity of choice, recommending Enterprise Rent-a-Car utilize funds from their foundation to donate to Dogs with Wings! 

As a registered non-profit organization, we do not receive any sustainable government funding, and rely solely on donations and sponsorships within our community.  Our Ditch-the-List Campaign began in June of 2017; an effort to raise $1.5 million to reduce the numbers of Albertans on our waiting list for assistance dogs.

This generous donation has been directly applied to our Ditch-the-List Campaign, where our team has been working very hard to achieve our goals of matching finished dogs with clients in need.  To date, we have raised over $700,000, taking us over the half-way point of our Campaign!  We’re excited to share that as of November 1st, we have been able to re-open our waiting list to those who are in need of a Guide dog, Facility dog or a Companion dog!

Once again, thank you to Tetra Tech, for your continued support, and to Enterprise Car Rentals, for your philanthropic efforts!  Your donation will go a long way in helping us to “Ditch-our-List”!

Kids of Alberta Social Media Campaign


Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK) is looking for Dogs with Wings Kids of Alberta who would like to share their story for their “Kids of Alberta” Social Media Campaign on how a DWW Assistance Dog has impacted their life, and their family’s lives.


‘Kids of Alberta’ Social Media Campaign – Accepting JULY Submissions!

As you may have seen on the @ShawClassic social media accounts over the past few weeks, several Birdies for Kids charities have been featured with their Kids of Alberta impact stories.


What BFK is looking for:

  • A photo of a youth, or a drawing they have done that can be shared on Facebook and Instagram. Please send high quality photos. If you wish to be anonymous, your face does not need to be in the photo. For example, one of the charities sent in a drawing that one of their youth did representing how they felt.
  • A very short story or quote (MAX 150 WORDS) written from the perspective of the child about one of the following (BFK is open to all creative suggestions!): their story or the struggles they are facing, how Dogs with Wings has helped them, why or how they got involved with DWW, a dream they may have, or a quote from them, etc.

BFK is hoping to share all submissions, but depending on the amount they receive, they may not be able to share all stories. Please do not send submissions longer than 150 words, as we do not have the capacity to edit all of the stories down to the 150 word maximum. Checkout BFK’s social media pages @ShawClassic, if you are looking for some inspiration!


Questions? Send an email to Kim Zahara at:  kim.fundraising@dogswithwings.ca




Dogs with Wings Fundraising Casino 2018



Join us for our Casino dates on Sunday, July 22nd and Monday, July 23rd

One of our biggest fundraising drives for Dogs with Wings is operating a CASINO, where qualifying charities are approved to operate every 18 months.   This fundraiser typically nets DWW between $70,000 and $80,000!!!  This year, we will be running the:

Grand Villa Casino Edmonton

10204 – 104 Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB

Come on out to support Dogs with Wings and try your luck!


Interested in volunteering to work the Casino on behalf of DWW??

Positions are still available.

For information please contact Kim Zahara, Fund Development Coordinator at 780-944-8011.