In October 2013 the two founders of Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs met and shared their common realization that Southeastern Ontario lacked any locally based service dog training programs dedicated to assisting children and other individuals living with autism and other physical, emotional and mental challenges.
They began a partnership operating as Kingston 4 Paws Academy to try and fill this gap. Applications for dogs started being received in the spring of 2014 and the first puppies were acquired in February of 2014.
It was soon obvious that the local community shared their vision. Interest and awareness grew very quickly. Encouraged by the response, the partnership was converted into its current not-for-profit corporate status in early November and granted its charitable status on January 1, 2015. By the end of first year of operations there were 10 puppies in training with foster families and 7 approved wait list recipients. Our first trained dogs were placed in the early summer of 2015.
Elizabeth gained experience as a puppy raiser with Autism Dog Services and the Lion’s Foundation of Canada for over 15 years having assisted in the training of more than 20 dogs for those organizations. She brings a lot of hands-on experience to Kingston 4 Service Dogs and her passion for our wonderful dogs shows with each animal she works with.
In addition to her training role Elizabeth is the organization’s principal liaison with the breeders who provide our dogs and our other significant product and service donors.
Since 2016, Caitlin has been working with service dogs alongside her partner who received a Kingston 4 Paws Service Dog.
Caitlin has a life long history with dogs as pets and was amazed at what a service dog could do for individuals in need. As she became more involved through attending events and meeting others in the K4Paws community, she was immediately drawn to the life-changing nature of service dogs and developed an enthusiasm and dedication to the process of training. This led to formal training and the completion of her certification through Animal Behaviour College (ABCDT) in May 2018. Caitlin officially joined the K4Paws Training Team in January 2020.
Caitlin lives in Kingston with her partner and their two dogs (including a K4Paws Service Dog).
Heather’s canine experience began professionally with not-for-profit organizations in 2001. Heather began fostering puppies and soon transitioned into coordinating and training foster puppy programs. She has interviewed families applying for service dogs and her experience includes training and placing advanced service dogs. Her professional career also includes event planning, community engagement and fundraising.
It was a personal experience with an autistic child that intensified her passion in working directly with waitlist families. Together with the waitlist families and the K4Paws staff / Board, Heather endeavors to elevate the awareness and assist with raising funds for K4Paws.
Heather’s own furry companions include 2 black labs, 2 cats and a horse.
Sue started volunteering with K4Paws in 2017 as a Foster Family raising puppies to become future Service Dogs. Her experience raising her own dogs and belief in the value that dogs can make in an individual’s life, became a value to the organization.
Since 2019, Sue has taken on additional responsibilities, including managing technology, bookkeeping and general administrative duties. She brings with her a background in Information Technology and team building.
Dayle began volunteering with Kingston 4 Paws in 2015 as a foster to one of our puppies in training. Since that time, Dayle has developed a strong belief in the need for an organization like K4Paws and the impact our dogs have on individuals and families that need them. Dayle’s role with the organization has expanded to include fundraising, event planning, public outreach and development of our CAI program. In her professional career, Dayle works with student groups and veterans alike, which brings a natural alignment to her work with the CAI program.
Dayle brings a creative approach to working with the community and our fundraising efforts.
Dayle lives in Kingston with her family, which includes one of our CAI dogs and a Kingston 4 Paws Service Dog.
With more than 10 years of experience helping small businesses succeed, Max joins the board to help harness technology to advance the organization. His love of dogs doesn’t hurt either!
Max is the CEO of Sadlowski Consulting and regularly volunteers his time for multiple organizations throughout Kingston.
For many years Elizabeth was a very active independent real estate broker in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, specializing in commercial properties and still maintains her broker’s license. She shares her home north of Kingston with her husband and their three black Labs. Also see her information in the Staff section above.
Sue continues a career of more than 30 years in the Information Technology field in both the public and private sectors. As a member of the K4Paws Board, Sue brings experience and expertise from both an administrative perspective as well as from being a Foster Family raising Service Dog in Training puppies.
Sue moved to the Kingston area in 2016 from her lifelong home of Toronto. She now lives north of the city with her two dogs.