Saint Francis trains and places service dogs to assist children and adults with physical disabilities.
Service dogs can perform a variety of tasks that make people’s lives easier. They can also dramatically change a person's life by giving them more confidence and more independence. Simply said, a service dog can help someone live life to its fullest.
Saint Francis is not a part of a large, national organization but we are the largest service dog organization in Virginia and the first in Virginia to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International. Assistance Dogs International is a non-profit organization that maintains the standards of excellence in all aspects of the service dog industry from puppy acquisition, to training and placement. The accreditation process is voluntary and reinforces our commitment to placing the highest quality service dogs in the industry and in the world!
It takes two years and $25,000 to obtain, raise, train, and place a single Saint Francis Service Dog. Saint Francis absorbs this cost and does not charge for service dogs. Saint Francis operates without a revenue stream, government funds or insurance reimbursements. Money is raised through private donations, grants, and fundraisers.
Your donation will help a person with a disability become more engaged, independent, and confident - through a partnership with a professionally trained service dog. And, with your support, Saint Francis can continue to help children and adults fully embrace life and all it has to offer.
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