The Flag Shop Edmonton Supports Dogs with Wings Changing Lives for the Better

Adorable Black Lab “Iggy” Destined for Greatness

The Flag Shop Edmonton is thrilled to be a sponsor of Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society – in particular, supporting the training-for-service of Iggy, an outrageously cute black lab.

Iggy

The sponsorship, which began in 2017, involves a two-year financial commitment. Phyllis Bright, The Flag Shop Edmonton owner said, “Dogs with Wings does incredible work and truly understands what it means to impact the community in real and positive ways.” She added, “Supporting Iggy’s training has been a heart-warming experience, because we know he will do great things for someone who needs him, and someone who will love him.”

Iggy and Phyllis

Iggy’s Training Plan
As with all other puppies in training, Iggy’s lengthy training is a carefully and lovingly-planned undertaking, involving many skilled, caring people, and resources. For the first year, Iggy lived with his foster family, the Dubois’, who loved and nurtured him 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also took him to puppy school once a week. Now in his second year of training, Iggy attends puppy school every day.

Doreen Slessor – Source: dogswithwings.ca

Dogs with Wings Executive Director, Doreen Slessor said, “It takes a lot of hard work on the part of many dedicated people to create the magic of our working dogs.” She adds, “We are very grateful to The Flag Shop Edmonton for its sponsorship of Iggy, which will help support his trainers, provide veterinary care, food, and equipment, such as his service vest.”

Dogs with Wings brings positive change for so many, thanks to its passionate and committed team, many of whom are volunteers. Its mission is to increase the mobility and independence of persons with disabilities and to enhance their quality of life by providing highly-skilled assistance dogs with professional training and ongoing support.[1]

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Since 1996, hundreds of people have fostered dogs in training. Dogs with Wings currently runs training programs in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Calgary, relying on more than 200 active volunteers from the community. These programs support their clients, empowering people to reach their fullest potential. Dogs with Wings trains dogs to fulfill specific roles, including guide dogs, service dogs, autism dogs, faculty dogs, and companion dogs.[2]

Companion Dog Tiko with Jim – Source: dogswithwings.ca

Partner with Dogs with Wings and Everybody Wins!
The costs to breed, raise, train and match one assistance dog are in the range of $40,000. Sponsoring a dog like Iggy helps to offset these costs. It’s also a great way to reflect a sense of good corporate citizenship while contributing to pride in your corporate brand, and building your reputation for supporting humanitarian causes.[3]

Thank you, Dogs with Wings for being a community leader in improving quality of life for Albertans, and for matching people with specially-trained assistance dogs. Your work is changing lives for the better!

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[1] [2] [3] https://dogswithwings.ca