Pacific Assistance Dogs Society

9048 Stormont Ave.
Burnaby, BC V3N 4G6
Executive Director: Laura Watamanuk
Board President: Christine Coletta

Charitable Reg. #:89225 2347 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 79 cents are available for programs.

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About Pacific Assistance Dogs Society:

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society is a 3-star rated, financially transparent charity. It has a below average results reporting grade and its overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $3.4m in reserve funds which can cover just under two years of annual program costs.

Founded in 1987, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) supports people with disabilities and community care providers by partnering them with certified assistance dogs. The charity breeds, raises, and trains the dogs before partnering them with someone in need. 

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society trains five categories of assistance dogs: Service Dogs, PTSD Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Facility Dogs, and VIP dogs. Service Dogs help people with disabilities perform daily activities such as opening and closing doors, switching lights on and off, and carrying groceries. The charity reports that, according to the Canadian Psychological Association, 9.2% of Canadians live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD Dogs support first responders and veterans with complex PTSD or PTSD by providing physical, calming, and grounding skills. Since 2018, PADS has trained and certified 22 PTSD dogs. Hearing Dogs alert their owners to sounds, including doorbells, telephone rings, and smoke alarms. Accredited Facility Dogs assist community care professionals in situations where dogs can provide physical, social, or emotional improvements to groups or individuals. Finally, VIP Dogs are dogs unsuitable for working with clients in public but can provide companionship to children or adults with disabilities. The charity has a student-led club at the University of British Columbia called Campus Canines. As of winter 2022, the club had over 100 members, including five puppy-raisers, 12 puppy sitters and 80 associate members.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on Pacific Assistance Dogs Society’s website. This may not be a complete representation of PADS’ results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Pacific Assistance Dogs Society is financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are publicly available on its website.

In F2022, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society had total donations and special events revenue of $2.4m. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 21%. For every dollar donated, 79 cents are available for programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

PADS has $3.4m in reserve funds, which is nearly double the $1.7m in reserve funds in F2020. The charity could cover 197% or just under two years of its annual program costs with reserves. In 2017, the Board designated $1.0m for a capital expansion and building campaign but provides no additional detail.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Pacific Assistance Dogs Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 17, 2023 by Victoria Allder.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending February
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.1%9.4%18.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.1%8.6%21.3%
Total overhead spending 21.2%18.0%39.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 197.2%179.4%103.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,122,6821,923,331849,224
Goods in kind 79,880113,866161,515
Government funding 385,529461,136567,889
Fees for service 146,031116,41578,553
Special events 256,042343,003210,580
Investment income 611,233239,536798,064
Total revenues 3,601,3973,197,2872,665,825
Program costs 1,725,5271,483,1231,668,418
Donated goods exp 79,880113,866161,515
Administrative costs 361,802278,607345,291
Fundraising costs 217,143195,126225,543
Total spending 2,384,3522,070,7222,400,767
Cash flow from operations 1,217,0451,126,565265,058
Capital spending 69,75171,89570,165
Funding reserves 3,403,5052,661,2131,731,155

Note: Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci backed out amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Ci included proceeds on sale of investments in investment income, increasing revenues by $406k in F2022, $76k in F2021 and $699k in F2020. In F2022 and F2021, PADS recorded $99k and $71k respectively in wage subsidies from the government as a reduction of wages and salaries expense. Ci adjusted for this, increasing revenues and expenses by $99k in F2022 and $71k in F2021. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenue by ($85k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. compensation: $53,044

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001