Press Release by CACAC
Facility Dog for the CACAC
A new support for all children + youth of the Child Advocacy Centre
Red Deer, Alberta – The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is excited to announce their newest member of the team: Quinn, the CACAC Facility Dog. The CAC has long awaited their own facility dog, and is elated to welcome Quinn – a new, and great, measure of support for our children.
Quinn is a 3.5 year old Labrador Retriever x Golden Retriever, and is a recent Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (DWW) graduate! He was born in Burnaby, British Colombia and joined the Dogs with Wings program from the Assistance Dogs International Breeding Cooperation with other service dog schools. During Quinn’s puppyhood, he captured many people’s hearts, including the hearts of a family from Edmonton, the Chappell Family. This family recently lost their father, Allan, in a tragic car accident and made a memorial donation to Dogs with Wings. With this donation, Quinn became their sponsored dog and their partial sponsorship donation made it possible for Quinn to excel through the Dogs with Wings’ program.
Becca Glackin, another recent member of the CACAC team, accepted the new role as Facility Dog Handler and began her preparation months ago. At the end of September, after Quinn’s advanced training, Becca and Quinn undertook their Team Training where they met each other for the first time and began their working relationship! Team Training was intensive and hard, and together they worked with the Dogs with Wings staff for seven, 12 hour days.
“I can’t wait to see the difference Quinn will make with the kiddos that come to our Centre. He is laser focused when he has his vest on, but at the end of the day a normal and very happy dog. Quinn has a lot of different tools to help break the ice and to give support through the entire CAC process” advised Becca.
In 2019 the Royal LePage Network Reality Corp. group chose the CACAC as the Charity of Choice for their annual charity golf tournament. After learning that the CACAC had the opportunity to put their name on the waitlist for a facility dog but just needed help with securing enough funds, the RLP group knew this was what they wanted their proceeds to go towards.
Quinn will be an invaluable member of the CACAC Team and will help thousands of children. From their first steps through the door, to the forensic interview and during court – Quinn will be there to support. The CACAC would like to extend a special thank you to Royal LePage Network Reality Corp. for helping to make this dream come true, the DWW program and all of their trainers, the Chappell family and Quinn’s two volunteer foster families (Gil & Theresa, and Monica).