Campus | Saint Francis Service Dogs

Saint Francis Service Dogs operates from the Balaban Center for Service Dog Excellence in Roanoke, Virginia. The 18-acre property is conveniently located just off of Interstate 81.

The Center includes a fully accessible 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art kennel building. The kennels are open and airy, with radiant heat in the floors, an advanced air circulation system, abundant sunlight, individual covered runs, and a state of the art waste disposal system. The kennel building also houses isolation kennels, grooming facilities, laundry, conference room, an apartment, and office space.

The property also boasts a separate training building, four individual fields for off-leash exercise, and 18 acres of open pastureland.


Saint Francis Service Dogs is founded on the idea that the human-animal bond can be deeply enriching for both humans and animals. The bond a person shares with their assistance dog is undoubtedly a special one; however there are many, many people who also experience the richness of a strong bond with their pets. The Luke Woody Memorial Garden at Saint Francis is a place to celebrate these treasured friendships and honor people who love animals.

Click here if you are interested in learning more about honoring a person or pet by purchasing a plaque to be placed at the garden, or contact for more information.

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