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Operation Freedom Paws Canada

A great opportunity to support your local community. Be sure to check out their site to learn more about their 50/50 draw: www.ofpcanada.org


A message from Operation Freedom Paws Canada, November 24, 2020

Hello from Operation Freedom Paws Canada


We like to give you a new update on what we have accomplished in the last 6 weeks.


Since our last update, we have completed our 5th round of 6 weeks block dog training.

As Covid-19 continues our safety measures are in place for our training. On Thursday and Friday, one group trains in the morning from 10 - 12 and one group trains in the afternoon from 12:30 to 2:30. To be on the cautious side we are taking the temperature off each individual before they enter our training area and a mask policy is in place inside the training centre.


We do Public Access training on three Saturdays of each 6 weeks. The areas we use for Public access are Courtenay, Qualicum and Nanaimo malls or stores. On those days we start off with breakfast or lunch and after we introduce them to real life scenarios, like shopping in Walmart. It gives the teams exposure to different places and help them prepare for their life in their communities.


We have added via zoom an international trauma specialist from California who will help us during our training sessions in case our clients need to talk to someone. She also offers private sessions for those clients who have no access to any phycological counselling.


Our second team graduated from a “Day of a Life of a Service Dog test” on November 14th and the team will be joining us and starting their apprenticeship training as a mentor trainer under our guidance and our sister school in California.


We are continuing to work on our newest pilot project which is working with children with post secondary PTSD who are living within a veteran's household. The plan is to start in summer 2021. Dr Scott Prior a Psychiatrist and Denise Hook a Special Education teacher graciously agreed to be a part of our OFP Canada team helping us developing this program.


Our website is up and running, www.ofpcanada.org which gave us the opportunity now to launch a couple fundraisers. We have been selling Purdy’s chocolates online and don’t miss out on our 50/50 online ticket sale, the draw is December 21, 2020. We are selling 1000 tickets and if we sell all the tickets the winner gets $5000. If you like to buy tickets online it can be found under events.


The program is doing well and is much needed. Our Application list is growing rapidly and we hope to start 4 more teams in January 2021. We are rapidly out growing our training centre and are also desperately in need of a proper floor in our training area to keep the dust down.


“Two Feet, Four Paws, One Team”….. Saving two lives!


Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe


Barb Ashmead

Founder and Executive Director

Operation Freedom Paws Canada

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