AUDEAMUS is a bilingual, injured veteran-run not for profit organization dedicated to the principle of providing highly skilled and effective Certified service dogs to those whose quality of life depend on them. AUDEAMUS is a registered charity operating throughout Canada [Registration #: 762071298RR0001] and is 100% volunteer veteran-run and directed. They have mere expenses, which ensures that donations made towards AUDEAMUS go directly to supporting the veterans they support.
AUDEAMUS — The Service Dog Program was founded by Christopher Lohnes and Marc Lapointe.
RCMP Cpl., Christopher Lohnes has been an active member of the RCMP for over 30 years—with 21 years solely dedicated to the Police Dog Service, having serviced in three provinces with divers experiences in Provincial and City policing. For the past two years, Chris has been at the Service Dog Training Centre, where he has been key in further development of the imprinting program and has developed a new approach for behavioural shaping of the “Broods” in the breeding program.
Retired Special Forces Captain, Marc Lapointe proudly served Canada for 25 years. His professional achievements earned him the command of the Special Forces Elite Groups, including but not limited to, the sensitive sight exploitation K9 Unit. After a devoted and indisputable service, Marc was medically released with Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Through their years of service in the Special Forces and RCMP Service Dog Industry, Marc and Chris saw first-hand the crippling effects that PTSD had on veterans, first responders and war correspondents and recognized the indisputable positive effects that SDs could have on sufferers of PTSD by markedly improving their quality of life and in many cases considerably reduce their need for medication. With the development of Audeamus, partners Chris and Marc, developed a team of researchers which are becoming a key element in demonstrating the favourable effects of Trauma Specific Interventions with Service Dogs.
Cvet’s Pets is a 100% volunteer run, not-for-profit organization founded by former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Chris Cvetkovic. The Cvet’s Pets Helping Vets program provides support to military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by providing kits to veterans who own a service dog. These kits include everything you need to won a dog and are provided free of charge. Cvet’s Pets believes that we should support the men and women who have given so much for our country.
The Canadian Legacy Project loves what Cvet’s Pets is doing and recently partnered with this organization to assist Veterans needing financial support to purchase food for their animal. Veterans with service dogs are invited to apply for the Canadian Legacy Dog Food Program via the Cvet’s Pets website (www.cvetspets.com). Qualifying Veterans will receive a voucher by mail each month for one bag of dog food for the period of one year. The voucher can be used at any pet store that offers First Mate dog food. Thanks to the sponsorship from the Canadian Legacy Project, Cvet’s Pets will be able to supply vouchers each month to Veterans in need and their service dog.