"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever had."
- Margaret Mead.
Paws Fur Thought is a grass roots initiative that was cofounded by Medric "Cous" Cousineau, SC, CD Capt Retd RCAF and his wife after "Cous" was paired with his Service Dog Thai, who saved his life and brought him home. From the Long Walk to Sanity in 2013, a 50 day journey of 1,065 kms raising funds and awareness, the Paws Team has been spreading awareness, advocating and fundraising. In the past two years, Paws has raised over $300,000 and successfully helped to pair over 50 veterans across Canada with their Service Dogs from a variety of schools.
The Paws Team has been heavily involved in both the development of National Service Dog Standards and the VAC pilot project studying the efficacy of Service Dogs for veterans battling the ravages of PTSD.
The Paws Team would like to send a huge thank-you to Valerie Mitchell Veiniotte, Executive Director of the Legions' NS NU Command, who has been instrumental in our success and ensuring that all of the other Legion Commands and Branches who are supporting Paws Fur Thought are well served. Thank you to all the other businesses and organizations who have rallied in support of our veterans. Your contributions are invaluable.
The Royal Canadian Legion stands beside our veterans, whether serving or having served, and is committed to their health and wellbeing.
More info on Paws Fur Thought can be found at pawsfurthought.com