For questions or additional information about Saint Francis Service Dogs contact us at info@saintfrancisdogs.org or call 540.342.DOGS (3647).
Saint Francis Service Dogs was founded by Carol Willoughby and Sherri Spell and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status that year.

Saint Francis placed its first fully trained service dog.

Saint Francis hired an Executive Director and Training Director, transitioning from an all-volunteer organization to a professionally managed organization.

The Gift of Independence Capital Campaign was launched to raise funds to purchase a small 18-acre horse farm called Lakeland Stables for eventual conversion into a full-scale, high-quality service dog training center.

Saint Francis moves its administrative and training activities to the former Lakeland Stables property.

Saint Francis becomes the first organization in Virginia to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International.

Saint Francis launches the Building Independence Capital Campaign to raise funds to build a state-of-the-art kennel facility.

Saint Francis launches the Reading Program in partnership with Goodview Elementary School and other local area elementary schools.

Saint Francis breaks ground on the new building.

Saint Francis moves into the new state-of-the-art kennel and training center and increases the number of dogs in the training program.

Saint Francis expands service area.

Saint Francis launches Facility Dog Program and places its first Facility Dog.

Saint Francis launches Veteran Dog Program.

The Luke Woody Memorial Garden is dedicated.

Moving Forward
Saint Francis is planning for the expansion of our facilities to include a Training Center.
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