Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life and to improving people's lives through the services of specially trained dogs.
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself. Do not merely look out for your own interests but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4
Canines For Service, Inc. (CFS) was established December 1, 1996 in Wilmington, North Carolina by co-founder Rick Hairston. His experience in raising and training service dogs began with several years of volunteer service for an internationally known service dog organization in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon moving to Wilmington, he found there were no service dog organizations in southeastern North Carolina. Knowing the great need people with physical disabilities have for quality trained service dog’s prayerful consideration began to start a service dog organization. CFS was born out of Rick’s belief that God was calling him to establish this program, not only as a service organization but also as a mission to serve others with Christ-like compassion.
The organization was originally named Carolina Canines for Service Inc. and was renamed in 2012. CFS was incorporated December 1, 1998 in the state of North Carolina as a non-profit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 federal tax exempt organization.