Alberta Sheriff Branch Donates to Dogs with Wings

On Friday, September 20, 2019, DWW was visited by two members of the Alberta Sheriff Branch to drop off a donation from their annual golf tournament and fundraising event! DWW Niko happily accepted the donation, along with Barbara, a DWW Trainer.

Thank you so much to the Alberta Sheriff Charity Fund for your generosity, and to Michael and Trisha for taking time to visit DWW. Your donation will help to provide a certified Assistance dog to someone in need and change their life fur-ever!

The Alberta Sheriff Branch is a division within the Alberta Government, Justice and Solicitor General Ministry. They consist of Officers who provide security at the Legislature Building, Provincial Courthouses, as well as provide the transportation of prisoners throughout the province. The Branch also works in conjunction with local Police agencies to provide safety and security to Albertans through units such as our Highway Patrol, Surveillance Teams, SCAN (Safe Communities and Neighborhoods) Unit and Executive Protection Teams.

DWW and Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink Partner for 2019 Campaign

On Sunday, May 26, 2019, Dogs with Wings officially kicked off their 2019 Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK) campaign!  The campaign will run until September 1, 2019.  Mark your calendars for the September long weekend 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!

During the BFK campaign, all donations made to Dogs with Wings 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.  At the end of the campaign, BFK will then process the matching funds based on a tiered system and forward the matched funds.

The additional funding received through the BFK program, will be directly applied to our Ditch-the-List campaign; an effort to raise $1.5 million to ditch our waiting list of clients who need a trained Assistance dog.  To date, our campaign has raised $900,000 and provided the following Programs to be open to the public:  1) Guide Service Dogs; 2) Facility Service Dogs and 3) Companion Dogs.

Help us to reach our $1.5 million goal and open the remaining two Programs critical to our clients and their needs.  To donate, click here:

Thank you for your continued support and making a difference in our community, one dog at a time!

DWW Knut at the 2018 Shaw Charity Classic

~ The best part of the day is coming home to a wagging tail! ~

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!~

Dogs with Wings Receives Gold Seal Achievement on ADI Re-Accreditation!

Doreen Slessor, Executive Director, Elisa Irlam, DWW Co-Founder & DWW Jagg (Sponsored by United Construction Company Inc.)


Dogs with Wings has Exciting News to Share!

As a certified Assistance Dog Training School,  we are re-assessed every five years by our accrediting body, Assistance Dogs International ( ADI ).  We are thrilled to announce Dogs with Wings Assistance Dogs Society has received a Gold Seal Achievement level and has been granted Re-Accreditation for the next five years!

We are so proud of all the hard work our volunteers and staff have committed to DWW in order for us to remain a leader in the international community of assistance dog training schools.


To give you an idea of what it takes to become and remain ADI accredited, here are some fast facts:

ADI Accreditation Brochure

Attention Calgary Dogs with Wings Supporters!

Ever wonder how you can get rid of those recycle bottles and cans without spending your time and money and waiting in line at the bottle recycle centers?  Well . . . wonder no longer!  With Skip the Depot, it’s simply a matter of a quick click and you can consider it done!

Skip the Depot is a FREE commercial and residential Calgary-based door-to-door recycling service.  Never go to the bottle depot again!  Skip the Depot will pick up, count and e-Transfer you the deposit values.  And what’s best is you can donate your deposit to Dogs with Wings!  When scheduling your pick-up, just indicate our charity for your donation and write our Customer ID# “9PVL” on your bags in the space provided for your pickup.  Dogs with Wings will even provide you with a tax receipt for all donations over $20.

Planning on hosting a Dogs with Wings fundraising bottle drive?  Skip the Depot will make your event run without a hitch!  Check out their website to find out how.

Download their app today, or Register at:






Rexall Foundation Donates $5,000 to Dogs with Wings!

On January 11, 2019, the Rexall Foundation invited Dogs with Wings to visit the Stony Plain Rexall store to receive a $5,000 donation from funds raised by their Northern Alberta/Saskatchewan district store teams!  In September 2018, Rexall stores across Canada held an in-store “Make a Difference” fundraising bubble campaign, where funds raised were donated to local charities across Canada to support children and seniors.  We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Rexall Foundation, Rexall store employees, patients and customers who contributed to this amazing donation!


A huge thank you also goes out to the entire community!  The Rexall stores in the Northern Alberta/Saskatchewan districts, raised the most funds during the fundraiser and this generous donation to Dogs with Wings could not have happened without the support of the Rexall Foundation and its community supporters.  This donation was applied to our Ditch-the-List Campaign, taking Dogs with Wings another step closer to achieving our goal to reduce the numbers of clients on our waiting lists for Assistance dogs.


In just nine months, we were able to re-open our waiting lists to the public for Guide dogs, Facility dogs and Companion dogs.  Our team is working very hard on our next milestone to re-open our waiting lists for our Service dogs and Autism Service dogs.  Visit our website regularly for news and updates on our progress.

Center:  DWW Kit, From Left to Right:  Dogs with Wings – Kim Zahara,
 Rexall Team:  Shyla Green, Daleena Brikmanis, Lindsay Winslow, Sylvie Druerika
and  District Manager, Karen Westcott

Naked Ape Apparel and Dogs with Wings Partner the First Quarter of 2019!

Dogs with Wings is thrilled to announce our partnership with Naked Ape Apparel, a local Calgary business who designs and creates environment friendly gemstone bracelets, jewelry and clothing.

“Two friends started Naked Ape Apparel out of a love of gemstone bracelets and wanting to give back to the community. The name “APE” came to be as we knew our passions were with Animals, People, and the Environment – it was a perfect fit!”

Dogs with Wings was invited to be Naked Ape’s featured non-profit from January 1 to March 31, 2019!  Stay tuned for a special custom-designed bracelet just for DWW supporters with a portion of the proceeds going directly to DWW!  Naked Ape also provides free shipping across Canada.

Check out their website for more info at:

Help support your favorite cause with a purchase from Naked Ape and strut your stuff by posting a photo of you and your bracelet and we’ll share it on our social media!  Happy DWW shopping!!!


To purchase our bracelet Click here!


 Custom-designed Bracelet for Dogs with Wings


DWW Echo is stylin with her Dogs with Wings custom bracelet

DWW PawPrints Circle of Caring Campaign


Here’s where we are today:


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!



Thank you for your support!

DWW Virtual Gift

 DWW Virtual Giving


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Believe that Assistance Dogs can change lives?


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This Holiday Season consider a donation to Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society


Our Goal is Simple. . .

To change lives for the better!


ATB Cares will process your donation with NO service fees, 100% going to DWW and ATB will throw in an extra 15%!


Donate Here

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