Tales from volunteers who emBARKed with NSD

Monday, June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day and National Service Dogs has been helping and supporting those diagnosed with PTSD – from first responders to veterans and others – for many years. 

We provide these service dogs free of charge and, thanks to our current volunteer team, our program continues to empower people to achieve their full potential.

We are a non-profit organization and we rely heavily on our amazing team of volunteers to continue training NSD dogs and helping Canadians in need. You can emBARK on NSD’s journey too by volunteering today!

What is PTSD? 

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric illness caused by exposure to one or more traumatic events. The Government of Canada reported that an estimate of 10% of war zone veterans will experience PTSD, while others might experience at least some of the symptoms associated with PTSD.

The PTSD Awareness Day colour is teal, and we are showing support by wearing the colour in recognition of those who are diagnosed with PTSD. 

Why volunteer at NSD?

Each volunteer plays a role in helping first responders and veterans who have PTSD through the various volunteer opportunities available at NSD. 

Studies indicate that “over 70 percent of Canadians have been exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Also, nearly 1 out of 10 Canadians may develop PTSD at some point in their lives.” 

Benefits of volunteering with NSD:

  • Healthy work environment – NSD is inclusive and welcoming and works to provide a fulfilling experience.
  • Helping the community – Service dogs are very expensive making them inaccessible to a lot of people. NSD provides certified service dogs for PTSD free of cost. 
  • Networking – Meeting like-minded people through volunteering helps build network connections and community relationships. 
  • It feels good to give back!

Tales from our Volunteers

Tales from Our Teams

Become a part of the National Service Dogs’ team today by volunteering. EmBARK on our journey to help veterans and first responders who are diagnosed with PTSD.