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
Community Presentation Request
Thank you for your interest in Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC. We greatly appreciate your support, and the opportunity to educate the community about the work we do.
Four Paws and a Wake Up presentations are best suited for groups with an interest in learning about the important role of Service Dogs in the lives of people with disabilities. Presentations run about 30 to 45 minutes to an hour and include the following information:
Four Paws and a Wake Up mission and overview
Types of Service Dogs we train
What our Service Dogs do for clients
The journey of a Four Paws and a Wake Up Service Dog
Service Dog etiquette
Service Dog access training
Please note: Our Service Dogs complete their months of training with a staff member or volunteer trainer; therefore, we are not able to guarantee the attendance of dogs for presentations. We ask for at least 2 weeks advance notice and cannot guarantee participation.
Due to the number of requests we receive, we ask that all interested parties, please fill out this brief questionnaire about your event/request. All requests will be reviewed by staff and sent a response in 3-5 business days.