Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
Foster Puppy Program

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is a national charity that was created by Lions of Canada. Its mission is to empower Canadians with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence by providing Dog Guides at no cost to them and supporting each pair in their journey together.

Dog Guides Canada trains dogs in seven different programs.

  • Canine Vision Dog Guides work with people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Hearing Dog Guides work with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Service Dog Guides work with people with medical or physical disabilities.
  • Seizure Response Dog Guides work with people who have epilepsy.
  • Autism Assistance Dog Guides work with children who have autism spectrum disorder. Diabetic Alert Dog Guides work with people who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness,
  • Facility Support Dogs work with professional agencies that assist people in traumatic situations

The purpose of the Foster Puppy Program is to socialize the Foundation’s puppies, teach them proper house manners and basic obedience in a home environment in preparation for formal training as a Dog Guide.

If the puppy successfully completes training, the foster family will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony.

If you wish to be considered for this program, please complete and submit our application form.

Once we receive your application, we will contact you to arrange a home visit.

Please contact the Puppy Program staff at any time if you have questions or comments.

All Foster Families are required to have an up-to-date Police Record check.

Puppy Program Supervisor:
Lisa Kruitwagen: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 228   or  lkruitwagen@dogguides.com

Puppy Program Staff:
Jewel Keca: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 287 or jkeca@dogguides.com
Lucy Harbach: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 280 or lharbach@dogguides.com
Kate Schreiter: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 288 or  kschreiter@dogguides.com
Allison Maxwell: (519) 648-3780 Ext. 229 or  amaxwell@dogguides.com