Saint Francis Facility Dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator working in a health care, education, or courtroom setting.

In an educational setting, a Facility Dog helps engage students in schools and special education classes. Benefits for an educational facility include student motivation, social interactions and language, feelings of safety, and well-being and increased opportunities for constructive fun.

In a health care environment, activities such as grooming, feeding, and playing fetch with a Facility Dog can aid patients in physical and mental rehabilitation programs. Benefits for health care facilities include patient motivation, functional outcome goals, social interactions and language, feelings of safety and well-being, and increased morale among staff.

In a courtroom setting, a Facility Dog provides comfort to sexually abused children while they undergo forensic interview and testify in court, assist drug court participants in their recovery, and ease the pain of individuals with physical, psychological or emotional trauma due to criminal conduct. A well-mannered and highly trained Facility Dog encourages feelings of calm and security for clients in a visitation setting such as a courtroom.

One of the most valued qualities of the Facility Dog is the unconditional love and attention it gives to the clients and patients with whom it interacts.
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For questions or additional information about Saint Francis Service Dogs contact us at or call 540.342.DOGS (3647).

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