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 emotional support.

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 or call 540.342.DOGS (3647).

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