VICD serves our veterans by fostering genuine
connection and building community.

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Our story began four years ago, with an urgent request from Operational Stress Injuries at Comox CFB. A veteran, suffering from debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, needed help. Could a dog be trained to support him? Veteran advocate, Barb Ashmead believed that it could. A single match was made, and Barb immediately recognized that more could be done. She reached out to master dog trainer and behaviourist Mike Annan, and together they co-founded Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs. Under the mentorship of William Thornton, CEO of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, VICD has evolved into an invaluable resource. Today, thanks to the vision of our co-founders and the key operational support of Deb Maddocks, the impact of the organization is being felt Island-wide. 

Dedicated to forging a smoother
path for our veterans, VICD is a
certified Canadian charity providing
a progressive, compassionate service
to our community.

Today we’ve helped create bonds for 29 servicemen and women of the Canadian Forces, RCMP and veterans of foreign war. While each veteran and dog bond is unique, the objective remains the same:

to empower veterans with the tools to reclaim their place in the community, and rebuild their lives.

Get Involved Volunteer:

WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO: 

FOSTER A DOG: VICD is looking for families who live between Nanoose and Bowser, that will foster our dogs for 3-12 months. We provide all the equipment, food and vet care. you provide a home and lots of love.
To learn more about fostering a dog please contact us or download the VICD foster dog PDF form here.

HELP US AT ONE OF OUR EVENTS: 
We are looking for volunteers to help at our events where we have an information booth.
These are all over Vancouver Island and the Mainland. We are also looking for help with Annual Gala we have every November.

Please contact us for more information. Learn more about our program

Training a team is provided free of charge to each recipient. It takes one year and between $25,000 and $30,000 for a team to complete the program. This includes dog food, veterinary treatments, obedience training, training equipment and gas cards to cover the travel cost to and from class. If you find value in what we do please consider donating. 

Our program is provided free of charge to each recipient. It takes one year and between $25,000 and $30,000 for a team to complete the program, This includes dog food, veterinary treatments, training, equipment and gas cards to cover travel to class.

If you find value in what we do please consider donating. Your donations help remind our veterans that their sacrifice is not forgotten.

Join us to help our neighbours, friends and family. Become a Volunteer.