Changing Vet’s Lives

One Dog at a Time

About us

Veteran’s Elite Canines is a not for profit organization that exists to help CAF veterans with PTSD by linking them up with service dogs trained to assist them, by providing them resources, and by educating the public on the issues surrounding PTSD service dogs.

Mission Impossible

Veteran’s Elite Canines mission is to raise funds to: 

  • Provide Canadian Veterans suffering from PTS with specifically trained and supported service dogs; 
  • Provide the service dog at no cost to the Veteran; 
  • Provide the dog and handler team with support as identified; 
  • Develop and distribute educational material and messages regarding PTS service dogs to specific audiences and the broader public; and 
  • Advocate on behalf of Veterans with PTS service dogs. 

Our Journey

Cindy is a veteran with PTSD who was diagnosed in 2001. As a result she spent many years unable to leave her home or engage with others. The disability left her a prisoner in her own world. Public spaces and events would cause degrees of frustration, anxiety and panic so extreme, it was easier to just avoid them all together. She was unable to live a full life – a productive life – but she desperately wanted to be an active participate in society again.

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Our Dogs

Gracie and I, started our training in Santa Rosa Beach Florida, which was followed up with extensive handler training here in Saint Ann’s Ontario, at the Baden K9 facility. ( add link ). Gracie is an Australian Shepard Poodle Mix, lovingly ( I think ) referred to as the fluffy during training sessions. She was welped September 29, 2017 and has been working faithfully by my side since she was 1 ½ years old. Love, faith and trust are the basics to any relationship in life. Once you have established these with your Service Dog, there are no limits to what you can do. I’d like to thank all of those responsible for my handler training. Without your efforts, we would not be the team we are today.

The Board

Cindy Weir

Veteran – Handler – Founder

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Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d)  John van der Laan

Founding Director

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Chaundra Perkins


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How it Works

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Our Partners

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Your Donations to Veteran’s Elite Canines help support all Veteran’s Elite Canines activities including the purchase, training, and healthcare required for the service dogs as well as costs incurred for veterans during the initial training sessions.

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If people could see the absolute magic that occurs from the moment the Veteran receives their dog, it’s amazing. It’s like the love of a grandparent holding their grandchild for the very first time. It doesn’t take long for the bond to develop and within no time, we now have a Veteran who, will be back, functioning within their community where they belong.

Gracie has given me the ability to get out and discover life again. I’m no longer trapped inside my world of fear and confusion. The anger is far more manageable when you have this incredible creature who knows your every move, mood and thought, almost before you do.