Due to the current overwhelming demand, we regret that we are not able to accept applications or contact information forms at this time. We look forward to re-opening the application process as soon as possible.  Please continue to check our website for updates.  In the meantime, please visit the Assistance Dogs International website (www.assistancedogsinternational.org) for a list of accredited assistance dog organizations that may be able to help you.  Thank you.

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, submit an application, and undergo a screening process before being approved as a candidate for a service dog.  This process is designed to ensure that we can provide a dog that fits the needs of the candidates, and that a safe, healthy, loving home will be provided for the dog.


  • Applicant/Handler must have a fenced in yard with minimum dimensions of 36′ x 12′ x 4′.
  • Applicant/Handler must show ability and willingness to interact with the dog, and provide for the dog’s emotional, physical, and financial needs.
  • Applicant/Handler may not have a pet dog in the home, unless an exception is made due to age or sickness of the pet dog. This guideline does not apply to other service dogs.
  • For Service Dogs: Applicant desires independent living and/or an improvement in the quality of his/her life through the use of a Saint Francis Service Dog.
  • For Facility Dogs: Employer and handler must show ability and willingness to partner with a Saint Francis Facility Dog to stimulate healing and recovery in Employer’s patients, clients, or students.
  • Applicant/Facility must live or be located within our service area.


We serve the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as areas within a 3-hour drive from the Saint Francis Facility at 8232 Enon Drive, Roanoke, VA 24019.


The waiting list for a Saint Francis Service Dog is currently full. Please fill out and submit our Contact Information Form. This puts your name on our list to contact when openings occur. Application packets will be sent to those on the list in the order in which Contact Information Forms were received. The goal is for this process to be fair and for all application information to be as current as possible.