Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC is a service dog provider for Veterans and others.  We consider the needs of the whole individual, not just the need for a service dog. We work with the individual to provide solutions to daily living situations to help the person gain the independence that they desire. 


Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC serves our community with a dedicated animal-assisted therapy program with volunteers and their dogs trained to work with people in our community. 


Serving People with Disabilities
The need is great and the availability of quality trained service dogs cannot meet the need.
Four Paws and a Wake Up serves people with disabilities, veteran or not.  We focus on serving people with mobility limitations.  For Veterans, the disability may include post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

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Serving Our Community
Dedicated volunteers of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC provide countless hours of service in the community in the animal-assisted therapy program.

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Assisting Dog Owners
A new program working with people and their own dogs to be trained as service dogs.  The unique program brings the expertise and standards of service dog training directly into the hands of people who need service dogs the most but want to train their own dog.

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What's in a Name?

The name Four Paws and a Wake Up Inc. comes from a military term referring to the wake ups a service member has before a new duty station, deployment, discharge or retirement.  In this case, it is the wake up the Veteran will experience after receiving their four paws.  

Disclaimer: Due to applicant criteria and limited resources, not every individual who applies for a service dog can or will be served

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Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

- Isiah 40:31NAS