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Dedicated to creating opportunities for independence for people with disabilities with the gift of a task-trained service dog

and to enhancing the human-animal bond

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

Thousands of people can benefit from the gift of a service dog.  Yet, many do not know what a service dog can do for them or they do not know organizations can and will help; without charging fees.  Four Paws and a Wake Up provides trained service dogs on a limited basis  at no cost. 

Serving our Community

Providing Animal-Assisted Therapy traning and services in the greater Wilmington, NC and Raleigh, NC areas.

Owner Assisted Service Dog Training

In our Owner Assisted Service Dog Training Course in Wilmington, North Carolina, qualified clients will be offered to train their own service dogs under the direction of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC staff and experienced volunteer trainers.  This is a fee for service program.

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.  


Four Paws and a Wake Up

Providing Services West of the Mississippi River

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Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC

Providing Services East of the Mississippi River

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