We provide professionally trained dogs to people with physical or developmental disabilities in order to assist them in living a more independent and self-sufficient life. The people we serve may have autism, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, rheumatoid arthritis, brain injuries, amputations, paralysis, or many other conditions.
Service dogs are taught a wide range of commands in order to assist in the activities of daily living. They retrieve and carry items, open doors, and bring the phone, among many other tasks and skills. At the same time, their 24-hour companionship provides the safety and peace of mind that comes from knowing that the dog can both provide physical assistance and seek help if needed. The partnership generates a strong emotional bond between human and dog, often resulting in increased motivation, higher self-esteem, and a greater sense of belonging, as well as more social interaction and a higher quality of life.
INTERESTED IN APPLYING?
If you are interested in applying for a Saint Francis Service Dog, please visit the How to Apply page for guidance.