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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Education, Health, Health Care, Human Services, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life and improving people's lives through the services of specially trained dogs.

Results: Canines for Service, Inc. (CFS) provides people with disabilities independence and improved quality of life through the placement of quality trained service dogs. Founded in 1996, CFS has provided over 85 service dogs since the first placement in December 1999 and trained over 1800 pet therapy teams. CFS provides services within a 10 hour driving distance from Wilmington, NC to non-Veterans and nationwide to Veterans. All of the dogs in the service dog program are rescued from shelters. The three phase training process takes up to three years and a fully trained service dog is valued at $40,000. The client does not pay a fee for a CFS service dog.

Target demographics: people with mobility limitations and Veterans with mobility, TBI and/or PTS

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, CFS placed service dogs with 4 Veterans which provided them with independence and improved quality of life. The Canines for Literacy teams worked in 7 schools to help children gain critical reading skills and confidence and there were over 300 pet therapy teams consistently visit hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities, libraries, mental health facilities, hospice, etc. in multiple communities.

Geographic areas served: a 10 hour driving distance from Wilmington, NC for non-Veterans and nationally for Veterans

Programs: Canines for Service, Canines for Veterans, Canines for Therapy and Canines for Literacy- accredited through Assistance Dogs International

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Carolina Canines has given me the great opportunity to become registered as a pet therapy team with my dog, Griffin. The training they provided was wonderful and professional. I have enjoyed volunteering my time with Carolina Canines!



Rating: 5

Carolina Canines for Service is one of three organizations I donate a significant amount of time to, perhaps to "pay it forward". You just never know when you might be struck with a need for a service animal and I'd like to think I'm earning "credit" while I train a dog that I will "lose" after 2 years. I originally got involved with them through Pet Partners, their affiliation with Delta Society to bring dogs into local schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Animals, dogs in particular, are a tremendous lift to many people and interacting with well-trained and friendly ones has been proven to have many long-term health benefits.



Rating: 5

DOGGONE GREAT TIME When I discovered my new hometown had a parade every year, I couldn't wait! Off we went that fateful morning six years ago to our $10 grandstand seats. We cheered each group on with hoops and hollers that left me nearly voiceless. Then came a group of folks with physical disabilities, in wheelchairs, on crutches, whatever worked. Everyone had a dog. They were the staff, clients and volunteers of Carolina Canines for Service. One little dog wearing a flowered straw hat, sunglasses, and carrying a basket of flowers in her mouth stood out. As she neared our seats, she spit out the basket, as if she were saying, 'Phtooey! I'm not carrying that anymore,' and gave us a good laugh. The door to our new life here was opened by that little dog. As recently retired newcomers , we hoped to find some hobbies or volunteer work to keep us active. We contacted Carolina Canines and are long-term volunteers and donors with them. We've helped set up the new office as clerical volunteers. My husband did the "Vet" run, supplying veterinary offices with Carolina Canine brochures. Long ago, I attempted to organize the schedules of PAWS for Reading volunteers and took Delta AAT training so as to be able to fill-in in case of absences. There were many more tasks, some small and some unimaginable in size and scope. Although it began because a little dog spit out her basket of flowers at our first Azalea Festival parade, our admiration for the work that this group does and its dedication to its goals have kept us involved as volunteers and supporters since we made North Carolina our home. - Nancy G. Barkalow, Wilmington