BOOTS 4 PUPS
In late 2014, Citadel Canine Society was approached by retired Canadian Army Major Hilaire (Nick) Nicholas from Ottawa, Ontario. Major Nicholas wanted to mark his 70th birthday by doing a fundraising walk in support of a new generation of veterans. To promote and support this idea, he reached out to Citadel Canine Society (CCS). Citadel Canine Society, in turn, established a local committee eventually named “Boots 4 Pups” to represent Major Nicholas’ walk. Proceeds from this walk would be directed towards the costs associated with training and delivering service dogs to new veterans and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or an Operational Stress Injury (OSI). Major Nicholas’ walk along the 350 km Rideau Trail, from Kingston to Ottawa, took 10 days, and culminated at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on Canada Day 2015. As part of the events being held at the Museum, an estimated 10,000 people were on hand to witness Major Nicholas complete his walk.
Since 2015, the Ottawa-based Boots 4 Pups committee has striven to expand on Major Nicholas’ idea and wish. It has run special events as a means to primarily generate funds for the training and delivery of service dogs within Ontario and Quebec but also to support Citadel Canine Society’s mandate in other parts of Canada. In essence, this is our mission.
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