Subaru Canada Teams Up With St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
Evidence is mounting as to the therapeutic benefits that dogs bring to humans. And with Subaru Canada’s recent announcement, these specially trained dogs will get to more people.

The most dog-friendly automotive company has partnered up with an organization that brings therapy dogs and all kinds of people together. By partnering with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, Subaru Canada will help support this valuable service that pairs trained Therapy Dog teams with those in need.

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Over the past 24 years, the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program has blossomed from a pilot project in Peterborough, Ontario, to nearly 3,000 Therapy Dog teams that reach thousands annually. And the types of therapy these dogs offer run the gamut – they comfort and bring companionship to seniors; calm and reassure patients during treatment; stress relief during college exams; and assist at-risk youth and children with special needs.

“We are truly grateful for Subaru’s support of our Therapy Dog Program,” says Allan Smith, St. John Ambulance National Office CEO. “As a charity, we rely on corporate partnerships to enable us to continue the services provided by our volunteers in communities across Canada.”

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“The Therapy Dogs program strives to assist others in an inclusive and non-judgemental manner,” says Joe Felstein, Director of Marketing for Subaru Canada, Inc. “It embodies the core values of caring and community that resonate with both Subaru as a brand and the entire family of Subaru owners.”

Communities need the type of support that St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program provides, and we give Subaru Canada four paws up!

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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