Saint Francis Service Dog's primary program is placing service dogs with people with
disabilities. Saint Francis serves people with a wide range of disabilities, including
autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, brain injury, stroke,
paralysis, and many other debilitating conditions.
A Saint Francis Service Dog can dramatically change a person's life by giving them a
higher level of confidence and more choices. This translates to trying new things,
meeting new people, finding the courage to challenge themselves, and living life to the
fullest potential possible.
In order to qualify for a Saint Francis Service Dog, our partners undergo an intensive
training regimen and are required to work very hard to learn the skills necessary to
handle their service dog properly. The results are worth it. Learn more about our Partner
program on the Partner Education page.
In addition to traditional service dogs, Saint Francis also partners with facilities to place
dogs to assist in educational, healthcare, counseling, and visitation settings. While these
are not service dogs and do not have public access, they work daily to assist a wide range
of people to overcome their disabilities.
Whether it is a child receiving court counseling in preparation for a domestic abuse court
case, a elderly person recovering from a stroke in a rehabilitation unit or a student
working through delinquency issues with a school counselor, a facility dog can provide
Like our traditional partners, facilities and their handler(s) must undergo an extensive
screening and training process to utilize their facility dog fully. Unlike service dogs, facility
dogs do not serve one person with a disability, but help many people overcome their
individual obstacles and achieve greater independence.
In the videos below, our partners share what having a Saint Francis Service Dog has
meant to them:
For questions or additional information about Saint Francis Service Dogs contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540.342.DOGS (3647).
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