CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb. 26, 2014) - Following repeated recent inquiries from concerned members of veterans support groups, veterans looking for PTSD service dogs, representatives from veterans' support agencies, and potential or current sponsors of PTSD service dog programs, this Media Advisory is confirmation of the following:
Regarding the costs to train a dog within the Citadel Canine Society PTSD service dog program, a fully trained service dog can cost from $2500 to $5000 to produce and then deliver at no cost to the new veteran or first responder. Variables include acquisition costs (i.e. a dog donated to Citadel vs paying rescue and/or adoption fees) veterinary expenses, boarding expenses if required, and transportation costs to connect the veteran or first responder with their trained service dog. Transportation costs alone can vary considerably. As an example, Citadel Canine is transferring a dog from Saskatoon to Halifax in early March (the dog will travel up in the cabin with the passengers and not as cargo). Even with the generous support the air carrier is providing, it will still cost Citadel Canine approximately $900 for this transfer. Of additional importance within the internal cost matrix: Citadel Canine does not "mark up" the costs for our service dogs, nor does Citadel Canine have any paid or contract administrative staff, or management salary expenses, so we are able to produce fully trained and government approved certified PTSD service dogs very economically.
Of additional general interest, Citadel Canine Society appears to be the only Canada Revenue Agency certified non-profit entity specifically created to produce PTSD service dogs for new veterans and first responders within Canada. Citadel has dogs delivered, dogs in training, and/or veterans awaiting the delivery of dogs in: Victoria, Nanaimo, Greater Vancouver, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Creston, Okotoks, Airdrie, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Port Colborne, Kingston, Petawawa, Ottawa, and Halifax.