We are very proud to be part of 

Companion Paws Canada (CPC),

a division of

The Lifeline Canada Foundation (TLC)


Medical studies have confirmed what we all know from experience, spending time with an affectionate pet makes us feel better. In fact, contact with a compassionate animal can significantly improve mental and physical health, as well as reduce stress, depression and anxiety. A pet can make a huge difference in your life.

TLC’s Companion Paws was created to provide the comfort of unconditional love to those needing extra emotional support. In addition, all of the dogs in our adoption program are rescue pets and are now being given a second chance in life.

Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament. A good therapy dog must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations.

TLC’s Companion Paws also offers a Certify Your Own Dog program. Once completed, these pets are able to serve in a variety of meaningful positions including Personal emotional support, Assisted and Visiting Therapy. For assisted and visiting designations, this is a tremendous opportunity to share your dog’s love with someone in need. 

The Lifeline Canada offers three certification programs as well as visits with certified Therapy Dog teams. Please read through all the material carefully before completing an application form so we can ensure you are matched to the best program for you.

  1. Personal Therapy Dog Adoption Program

  2. Assisted Therapy Dog Adoption Program

  3. Certify Your Own Therapy Dog Program


Through our Companion Paws program process, we assess and test 3 types of Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs;

Personal Therapy Dog (first program of its kind in Canada): A personal therapy dog (Companion Paws emotional support dog) is a trained, temperament tested, evaluated and certified dog that brings benefits to their owners/handlers that struggle with mental health conditions.

Assisted Therapy Dog: Assisted Therapy Dogs join their handler/owner (typically educators, teachers, psychologists, counsellors and doctors) at their workplace to help their students, clients, customers and/or patients.

Visiting Therapy Dog: Typically, Visiting Therapy Dogs visit hospitals, schools, hospices, nursing homes and more. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are encouraged to interact with a variety of people while they are on-duty including petting the therapy dog.

Companion Paws Personal Therapy Dog Adoptions

We can also sometimes certify your own dog as a Companion Paws Therapy Dog:

Certifying your own personal pet as a Companion Paws Therapy Dog is available as part of the our program for Personal therapy, Assisted therapy and Visiting therapy. If you have your own very well trained dog and are looking for him or her to become a Companion Paws dog for Personal, Assisted or Visiting therapy, 

Cam K9 Boarding & Training Centre

is the official Adjudication and Assessors for the Kamloops area

Companion Paws Therapy Dogs

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