Foster homes are needed in Mission for puppies that will eventually be trained as service dogs. / Submitted Photo

Puppies need foster families

Temporary Mission homes sought for dogs

A local not-for-profit group is looking for people willing to open their doors and foster a puppy.

The Assistance Service Dogs BC Association, based in Mission, currently has four puppies that are eight weeks old and ready to go to foster homes.

Marie Krzus founded the group in 2013, along with her husband Andy, and has seen the demand for service dogs increase over the years.

They have already placed seven service dogs with special needs children, including two placed with children in Mission, three in Maple Ridge, and one each in Coquitlam and Kelowna.

Having just begun a breeding program, Krzus says they now need good, local homes for the pups to be raised until they are about 12 months old.

“They receive free training over the 12 months that they have the dogs,” Krzus said.

“They start with puppy classes, then to basic obedience, move into intermediate, then move into advanced obedience. So over those 12 months, the family would attend these classes for free and also receive some private training as well with the dog.”

Once the dogs are a year old, they leave the family and receive further training to make them one of two kinds of service dogs – autism service dogs or multi-purpose service dogs.

Krzus explained that autism service dogs are for children or adults with autism while the multi-purpose service dogs are for people with PTSD, psychiatric disabilities, or mobility needs.

While there is an immediate need for four families, Krzus is hoping to find even more people willing to foster puppies in the near future.

“We have another female who is pregnant. She is due anytime next week and we are going to have more puppies. Those puppies will be ready to go to homes in mid-June.”

She’s hoping to have families lined up ahead of time.

All the information about the puppy raising program can be found at, or you can email or call 1-844-900-3647.

Just Posted

Manslaughter conviction for 2015 killing nets 19 more months of jail

Shiloh Davidson pleaded guilty last fall to manslaughter in connection with death of Joe Zecca

Happy Earth Day Mission

Students at Mission’s Windebank Elementary School send a message

Fraser Health patients to see 23% more knee, hip replacement surgeries

First-available surgeon approach will reduce waitlists, B.C. health minister says

Ukrainian Festival returns to Mission

Event set for May 5 at the Heritage Park Cultural and Educational Centre

And the winners are …

Mission presents the 2018 Community Service Awards

UPDATED: 9 killed, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say nine people have died and 16 are injured

As Osoyoos Indian Band flourishes, so too does Okanagan’s wine tourism

Indigenous practices have driven growth of South Okanagan’s wine history and agricultural influence

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Protesters argue both sides of B.C.’s SOGI curriculum at teachers’ union office

The sexual orientation and gender identity program was launched as a pilot project last year

Prankster broadcasts fake nuclear threat in Winnipeg

The audio recording on Sunday warned of a nuclear attack against Canada and the United States

ICBC reform aims to slow rising car insurance costs

‘Pain and suffering’ payouts to be capped, major injury limit to double

Most Read