Please read Before You Apply.  The wait now exceeds 5 or more years. 

A service dog is a dog specially trained in skills or tasks that can mitigate a person's disability.  The training of an assistance dog takes 9 to 14 months.  The dogs learn over 90 commands including basic obedience, intermediate skills like retrieving items and advanced skills such as opening doors; all to serve a person with physical limitations.

 

Making a Difference. Everyday people experiencing physical limitations are longing to live more independently. From picking up a dropped item to retrieving a bottle of water, a skilled service dog from Canines for Service can help. For over 20 years, Canines for Service has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for independence for people with disabilities. 

 

Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence. The longest serving service dog organization and the only accredited organization corporately based in North Carolina.

 

Canines for Service (CFS) selects and trains the dogs for people with mobility limitations and for Veterans with mobility limitations, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

 

Disclaimer:
Canines for Service and Canines for Veterans DO NOT train a person's own dog or certify a dog trained by an individual, trainer or another organization. 

The difference is in the training.

CANINES FOR SERVICE

The Process at a Glance

  • Our organization selects, trains and certifies dogs.  

  • The application process helps us to determine the best possible service dog match for each individual applicant. 

  • A video is required as part of the application and is essential to determine the very specific skills the assistance dog will need in order to serve the person with whom it is matched.  

  • Canines for Service serves the area within a 10-hour driving distance from Wilmington, NC, for civilian applicants.  In the non-Veteran population, we serve individuals with mobility issues only.  

  • Canines for Service DOES NOT train a person's own dog or certify a dog already trained by an individual, trainer or another organization.  Our organization selects, trains and certifies only the dogs we provide.

  • Before you apply, please understand that a service dog is an 8 to 10 or more year commitment. Please consider this obligation carefully when deciding to apply for a service dog. The wait can be at least 5 years for the non-Veteran applicant. 

  • Individuals are required to submit the completed Canines for Service Service Dog Application:

    • There is a $25 application fee to apply for a service dog. 

    • We require a medical form completed by each attending medical provider.

    • A video is required as part of the application and is essential to determine the very specific skills the service dog will need in order to serve the person with whom it is matched.

    • For further details about applying for a service dog, please see the introductory pages of the application. 

 

Canines for Service reserves the right to accept or not accept an applicant based on the information provided in the application and additional information that may be obtained through the review process.  ​​​

information@caninesforservice.org

910-362-8181

221 Old Dairy Road, Unit 1
Wilmington NC 28405

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