DWW 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:  kim.fundraising@dogswithwings.ca 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 gala@dogswithwings.ca 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

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:  https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/dogswithwings/

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!~

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!



DWW Spring Open House & General Store 2019

Dogs with Wings

Spring Open House & General Store

Sunday, April 28, 2019

11343 – 174 Street NW

11am – 3pm

                                                                                                                                      ~ Dog Demos at 12pm & 2pm

                                                                                                                                      ~ Tour the Facility

                                                                                                                                      ~ Meet the Staff

                                                                                                                                      ~ Meet the Dogs

                                                                                                                                      ~ Bring the Family

                                                                                                                                      ~ Snacks

                                                                                                                                                  And So Much More. . .


DWW’s “Goin’ Into Heat” Sends Guests Home in Stitches!

Dogs with Wings held their first Spring Fundraising event, “Goin’ Into Heat”, on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Princess Theatre.  The fundraiser was to promote and raise awareness and dollars for our Dogs with Wings’ Breeding Program.  With J’Lyn Nye as Emcee, Comedian Adam Blank kicking off the show, and Headliner, Andrew Grose, the comedy show was a huge success, raising over $10,000!

Special thanks go out to Presenting Sponsor, 630 CHED, support from the Edmonton Comedy Festival and of course the generosity of Andrew and J’Lyn for their donation of time.  We had a barrel of laughs and everyone literally went home in stitches!

Road 55’s very own Tracy Dalzell-Heise was the organizer behind this event and she did an outstanding job!  Thanks for all of your help Tracy . . . a job well done!

The Pre-Reception held at John Fluevog Shoes was also a great hit and included a Photo Booth with photography services donated by Christina Sirman-Hundt of Happy Orchid Photography!  There were  13  pairs of shoes and accessories sold, providing Dogs with Wings a total donation of $3,000!  Huge shout-out to Sarah and Signe of Fluevog Shoes for all of your support and enthusiasm!

As an added bonus, guests were offered a little “Boyfriend-in-a-Box” treat, with the special LOVE candies generously donated by local chocolate and candy store owner of Carol’s Quality Sweets.  Thanks so much for your kind support Carol!

And last but not least, another big thanks to EVERYONE (and you know who you are!) who helped to make this fundraising event an evening filled with love, a whole lotta laughs and some loot for our Breeding Program!

Happy Orchid Photography has generously provided photo links to the events of the evening. Please feel free to download any of the photos you would like.

John Fluevog Shoes Photo Booth

Princess Theatre Comedy Show Photos



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


Go! & Give 2019 Homes Alive Pets and Dogs with Wings

Dogs with Wings has partnered with Homes Alive Pets on their Go! & Give 2019 Campaign sponsored by Petcurean. A fun and new contest to help keep our Dogs-in-Training happy and healthy! For each entry submitted, 5lbs of dog food will be provided to Dogs with Wings and  2 other charities. Follow the steps below and you could win a year of free dog food for your pet!



For details and contest entry Click Here