Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC provides testing, certification, support, and insurance for members who volunteer with dogs to visit hospitals, special needs centers, schools, nursing homes, and other facilities. We’re a network of caring volunteers who are willing to share our special canines to bring smiles and joy to people, young and old alike.


Whether you and your dog are looking to become a certified therapy team or your facility would like to start a therapy dog program, Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC can help you get started. 

What Sets Us Apart?

What sets us apart?  The Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC team of AAT instructors bring over 50 years of combined experience as trainers and therapy teams. It means that we help with the training that is needed to become a therapy team and it also means that after a team is certified that we have the knowledge and skills to help you navigate visits and support sites.  No other animal-assisted therapy provider brings you this level of experience and has delivered animal-assisted therapy in many types of facilities and environments. 

AKC Therapy Program

Four Paws Animal Assisted Therapy is an AKC recognized animal-assisted therapy program.  The AKC Therapy Dog™ program awards official AKC titles to dogs who have worked to improve the lives of the people they have visited.  To learn more, visit AKC Therapy Dog Program

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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