The Four Paws and a Wake Up Service Dog Application and Matching Process
Our Service Dog Program
Service Dogs for Veterans who have a permanent service-connected disability for which Veterans Administration has documented related to mobility, service-related post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury
Service Dogs for individuals with mobility disabilities (limited availability)
Please note that Four Paws and a Wake Up does not train seizure alert dogs, guide dogs for the blind, diabetes alert dogs, dogs for people with Alzheimer's, emotional support, or psychiatric dogs for non-Veterans. Four Paws and a Wake Up does not train dogs that are already owned by individuals. Contact Assistance Dogs International for information about other organizations who may be able to help.
Cost of Obtaining a Service Dog
Many people ask us about the cost of obtaining a Service Dog. Thanks to generous donors and funding from grants, there is no charge for clients who are eligible for our services for receiving a Service Dog. Clients will need to pay for annual dog supplies such as food and veterinary services that can average $1,000-$2,000 a year.
Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC
Mailing: PO Box 12544 Wilmington NC 28405
Tax ID 84-2287904
AAT Class Prerequisites
The dog must have completed basic and intermediate obedience training; formally or informally and be AKC CGC ready.
Dogs must be Behaviorally Healthy and not have aggression issues with other dogs.
Dogs must be at least 1 year of age at the start of class and should have lived with their handlers for a minimum of 6 months to be eligible for the Therapy Dog evaluation.
All dogs must have Rabies and DHPP vaccinations or titers. Proof of vaccinations or titers must be brought to first class.
Canine influenza vaccination is highly recommended. Proof of vaccines required. Dogs without proof of vaccinations or titers will not be able to participate.
Pre-registration with pre-payment is required.