Shawn Laari's Great Head Shave

I have COVID hair...help me get rid of all of it!

I had my last haircut in January 2020, when I heard about COVID-19 for the first time. I decided not to get another haircut until two weeks after I got my vaccination. 15 months on, my hair is past my shoulders for the first time since I was a teenager!

I got my first vaccination on April 14. I can't wait to get rid of all of this hair!

UPDATE: The Head Shave is happening on Sunday May 2 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time. Register on the PADS Tune-In Tuesday page to get the Zoom link, or watch on Facebook Live.

I have been a volunteer puppy raiser and fund raiser for PADS since 2000. So it just makes sense to me to use this momentous occasion (ha!) to raise some money for PADS.

I'm asking donors to support my head shave with gifts to support the PADS Advanced Training Program. I will match all donations up to a total of $5,000, for a possible total of up to $10,000.

Advanced Training is the 6-9 month period when dogs learn specific skills from PADS professional trainers -- everything from opening a door or picking up dropped objects, to alerting their partner to specific sounds to a helping a person with PTSD manage a flashback. Once a dog completes Advanced Training he or she is ready to be matched with a human partner, and a career of happy and valuable service!

My hair will be shaved off in two stages, first with electric shears to less than an inch, and then blade shaved to baldness.

Top donors will have the opportunity to actually do the clipping or shaving! We're also looking at incentives for donors who give at certain to-be-determined thresholds. e.g. $100, $250, $500, etc. More info to come!

We will video the whole event for PADS and public presentations. I am happy to meet virtually with anyone who wants to see how long my hair is right now.

I will donate all my hair to a group that makes wigs for pediatric cancer patients at BC Children's Hospital.

48 supporters view all
1 month to go
Fundraiser Ends June 9, 2021
Date Donor Name Charity Name Amount
May 3, 2021, 6:59 p.m. Mark & Lisa Campbell Morrison Pacific Assistance Dogs $150.00
Hey Shawn, you look pretty good masquerading as a billiard ball. Just kidding! Love to all the wonderful PADS peeps and pups!
May 2, 2021, 10:20 p.m. Gayle Quigley Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Way to go Shawn
May 2, 2021, 4:37 p.m. Matt Thompson Pacific Assistance Dogs $200.00
Nice!
May 2, 2021, 4:34 p.m. Ryleigh Jacobs Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
May 2, 2021, 4:31 p.m. Caroline Lewis Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
Thank-you, Shawn!
May 2, 2021, 4:27 p.m. Dianne Jeffrey Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
May 2, 2021, 4:01 p.m. Alison Stuart Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
What a great fundraiser, thanks for being so creative.
May 2, 2021, 2:35 p.m. Ross Spenard Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Awesome idea! Thank you for your generosity and commitment to Pads ??
May 2, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Shane Nasmith Pacific Assistance Dogs $35.00
Shawn’s hippy look is no more!
May 2, 2021, 2:11 a.m. Juanna Somerton Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Happy shaving day!! Thanks Shawn and Cathy
May 2, 2021, 1:35 a.m. George Prevost Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
May 1, 2021, 8:33 p.m. Lurline Langbell Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
May 1, 2021, 7:28 p.m. Nola Chanroux Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
You two are awesome! Thanks for all you do!
May 1, 2021, 7:08 p.m. Monette & Robert Sakashita Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
Thanks for letting your hair down! And for all that you and Cathy do!
May 1, 2021, 5:47 p.m. Patricia Sanderson Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Request a Mohawk!??
May 1, 2021, 2:28 a.m. Erin Ayden Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
May 1, 2021, 12:45 a.m. Karen Schooley Pacific Assistance Dogs $30.00
Love this very generous fundraising idea!
April 30, 2021, 5:42 p.m. Sandeep Sidhu Pacific Assistance Dogs $75.00
Shawn, You are a giant among men!
April 30, 2021, 10:07 a.m. Darren Boyer Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Way to go Shawn. We’re with you!!
April 30, 2021, 2 a.m. Yin Yi Pang Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
so proud of you both, as always from Jules & Yin Pang
April 29, 2021, 11:23 p.m. Victoria Klassen Jeffery Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
Way to go Shawn! Woohoo!
April 29, 2021, 9:45 p.m. Blake Sara Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Shawn and Cathy your big hearts set such an example! We can’t wait to watch. PADS Service Dog Team Sara & Tonka ??????
April 29, 2021, 8:11 p.m. Hope Forstenzer Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
Happy Shawn Hair Shave! Thanks for doing this great fundraiser.
April 29, 2021, 3:56 p.m. Alan Sprints Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
April 29, 2021, 12:44 p.m. Brian Charles Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
Looking forward to your bald pate.
April 28, 2021, 10:42 p.m. Maureen Whitford Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
Thank you Cathy and Shawn!
April 27, 2021, 10:30 p.m. Dan Waterman Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
April 27, 2021, 9:10 p.m. Carol Herman Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Awesome fundraising idea! Thanks for all you do for PADS!
April 27, 2021, 5:47 p.m. Kerry Shepherd Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
You're looking like a true Viking, Shawn!
April 27, 2021, 4:42 p.m. Penny Bush Pacific Assistance Dogs $1,500.00
Thank you Shawn & Cathy for all you do and your generosity
April 27, 2021, 3:43 p.m. Sarah Gallagher Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Way-to-go, Shawn. I love your creativity and how it benefits PADS!
April 27, 2021, 9:45 a.m. Sheila Nasmith Pacific Assistance Dogs $200.00
What about a shave?
April 26, 2021, 7:14 p.m. Anonymous Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Please post a photo in braids before the great shave!
April 23, 2021, 10:08 p.m. Sandra & Michael Davies Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
BRAVO, SHAWN LAARI, FOR THINKING OF SUCH AN IMAGINATIVE AND CREATIVE WAY TO FUND RAISE FOR PADS!!!! Sandra & Michael Davies
April 23, 2021, 2:34 a.m. Rick Beaumont Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Way to go! The ‘Delta Beaumonts’ love Pads and all of the puppies that you have raised over the years.
April 21, 2021, 10:01 p.m. Elisabeth Owre Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
But both Patrick and I think he looks darn good with the long hair. Well done, Shawn - and stay out of the cold wind
April 21, 2021, 12:01 a.m. Lindi Porter Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Shawn and Cathy, you two do so much good in the world. This is one more amazing way to contribute.
April 20, 2021, 11:45 p.m. Madison DeNiro Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Good On Ya from a former puppy raiser.
April 20, 2021, 7:12 p.m. Val Bouey Pacific Assistance Dogs $500.00
Thank you Shawn and Cathy for all the wonderful things you do for PADS, PADS Vader PTSD Program Ambassador PADS Bailey ll ( Greco's mama)
April 20, 2021, 5:01 p.m. Meredith Areskoug Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Way to go Shawn!
April 20, 2021, 4:56 p.m. Alison Biely Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
I’m going to miss your long hair! ??
April 9, 2021, 10:12 a.m. Janet Rankin Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
April 8, 2021, 11:43 p.m. Raffi Mckillop Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Thank you Shawn for doing this and for all you & Kathy do for Pads and the community. ??Raffi
April 8, 2021, 11:43 p.m. Lori Torlone Pacific Assistance Dogs $50.00
April 8, 2021, 11:39 p.m. Anonymous Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Great idea Shawn!! You are so inspiring.
April 8, 2021, 11:36 p.m. Laura Catton-Stroshin Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Bravo!
April 8, 2021, 11:35 p.m. Teri Banks Pacific Assistance Dogs $100.00
Way to go Shawn and Cathy - you two are amazing! Thanks for all you do for PADS
April 8, 2021, 11:32 p.m. Penelope Naldrett Pacific Assistance Dogs $25.00
Good luck with your fundraising.