About Us

In 2018, after the tragic shooting deaths of two Fredericton Police Officers and two civilians on August 10th, friends and family members from Family and Industry came together to develop a Facility Dog program dedicated to First Responders to aid and assist with their mental health within the workplace. The non profit organization was formed in spring 2019. 

The original mission was “to introduce a K9 Therapy Dog program at no cost to aid in the mental health of First Responders”. After two and a half years of building strong industry connections across all industries from Policing, Fire, Justice and Security Canine Therapy for First Responders announced the expansion of services and our mission to aid as many people across Atlantic Canada.  

CTTFR Atlantic was announced in August 2021, along with our two Canine Therapy for First Responders Facility Dogs in Training RoSa K9 (Kennebecasis Regional Police Force, Kennebecasis, New Brunswick) and CharlieB K9 (Miramichi IAFF 7087 - Miramichi Fire Department) in attendance.  

Our revised mission has been expanded to include all four of Atlantic Canada’s provinces; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.  

CTFFR Atlantic, under a very structured lifelong training program led and supported by our Master Trainer and Qualified Apprentice Trainers in each Province, will offer Certified Facility Dogs for Stations, Units and Facilities as well as Certified Service Dogs to empower our Veterans and First Responders with the confidence to gain back independence, life skills, and assist in the Medical needs each individually requires (Physical and Mental Health). Our Mental Health programs will be Advised by Industry Experts, with the experience to treat the level of trauma a First Responder has endured.  
*The average Responder experiences 800+ traumatic events over a career. 

*First Responders and Veterans are 1/3 more likely to have PTSD than ANY other career worldwide. They are also 1/4 more likely to die by suicide versus ‘citizens’ in society due to the trauma they’ve seen. 

Our program(s) are offered at NO COST to our First Responders and Veterans. 

First Responders include (active and retired):

  • Police

  • RCMP

  • Firefighter

  • Paramedic

  • Coroner

  • Sheriffs

  • Department of Safety and Public Service 

  • Department of Justice

Canadian Armed Forces Members (Active or Veteran) members from all branches Army, Navy, Air Force. 

We offer a lifetime support model for our Member Clients, from procurement of their dog (either via a Breeding Partner or our own Breeding Program) to training, support team training with other K9’s within our programs, extensive one on one mentoring and guidance as well as a host of services provided for free to their K9’s under our Sponsorship and Partnership agreements, and via our generous Community Donors.  

All First Responders and Veterans may access any of the Mental Health programs we offer for free, as well as a multitude of free programs offered via Partners who offer best in class Mental Health programs across Canada specific to First Responders and Veterans. 

Canine Therapy for First Responders Inc. relies heavily on community Sponsors, Partnerships as well as funding opportunities across Canada. This also includes private citizens who honor and support the sacrifices our Hero’s have given during their lives of service.  

We are not formally funded, nor Government funded. 

The average cost to train and support a Facility Dog and or Service Dog is $15,000-20,000 for the lifetime of the dog for their intense training, annual Certifications (calibrated by 3 Formal Testers), Veterinarian Care, Food, Equipment, Insurance and support for their Handler Owners each step of the journey.  

Our evidence based program has been designed so Veterans and First Responders can connect and establish a relationship with ONE organization that focuses on all aspects of their well being from end to end, with NO COST to them.  

Canine Therapy for First Responders CTFFR Atlantic will never profit from the tragedy of others.