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.
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Is this breed specific?
We will use adult shelter dogs of specific height and weight with some breed restrictions.
How will you acquire dogs?
We will be searching at local shelters and working with rescues that we have an established relationship with to seek candidate dogs to evaluate.
Do you help people train their own dogs?
Helping an owner train their own dog is under discussion.
What is the cost?
For a dog from the organization, there will be no cost. If we assist owners, there will be a fee for service (again to be determined).
How long will I have to wait for a dog if I apply?
Since we are just starting out, there will be a ramp-up period before dogs will be ready to be partnered. We expect this to be about 10 months, possibly longer.
What sort of training will I have to go through if I get a service dog?
Approved clients will be required to attend training in Wilmington, NC for up to eight (8) days. It is our goal to provide lodging and meals during this time.