Community Involvement

Autism Dog Services


Autism Dog Services (ADS) is an Ontario-based non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs at no charge for Ontario children with autism.

Dr. Emily Durbin has been on the ADS board as official veterinarian since 2010. The birth of Dr. Durbin’s first son in 2010 ignited a desire to promote the natural bond that forms between kids and pets.

When puppies enter the program, they receive a full physical exam, vaccinations, parasite treatment, and any other necessary medical care. They are matched up with a puppy raiser and at 18 months graduate from the training program. All successful graduates are placed in a forever home with an autistic child. Maybe you’ve seen one around. Just look for the red vest with the ADS logo that identifies these heroic dogs!

Autistic children benefit from a properly trained service dog through increased safety, emotional support and comfort, improved confidence and socialization, and development of interpersonal skills. An autism service dog can also improve the child’s ability to participate in educational, social, and leisure activities. The powerful bond and consistent presence of a service dog reduces the stress associated with interacting with other people and getting involved in social situations.

The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program

The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program is a volunteer-based program for dog owners who want to make a difference in the community: Carefully selected dogs and their enthusiastic humans bring comfort, companionship, and distraction to those who are isolated in long term care homes, retirement facilities, and hospitals.  As the program has grown, our therapy dog teams also visit people in different settings including colleges/universities, libraries, nursing homes and various support programming.

For more information on becoming a SJA Therapy Dog volunteer, please contact:
St. John Ambulance – Southwestern Ontario

741 King Street
London, ON N5W 2X2
Email: [email protected] |

Adopt A Senior Program

Instead of doing a gift exchange with our co-workers this year, the Chatham Kent Veterinary Corporation decided to participate in the Chatham Kent adopt a senior program. We collected gifts bought by our staff to donate to seniors living in retirement residences and nursing homes that may not have a whole lot of family ❤️❤️ what a great idea, thanks to RVT Kaitlyn for letting is know about this awesome program