Canines for Therapy Teams

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Canines for Service

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A comprehensive training program for people and their dogs to become registered Canines for Therapy teams to volunteer in the community visiting hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, library reading programs and school reading programs. The Canines for Therapy course is a 6 week class designed to provide an active hands-on participation teaching the skills needed to make for successful visitation once registered. Each team must participate in the course and successfully complete an assessment prior to registering as a Canines for Therapy team. Canines for Therapy training programs are offered throughout the year. Contact Canines for Service at to learn when the next class is starting. Upon successful completion of the coure and assessment, the team (person and dog) will be able to volunteer in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, library and schools.

Must have a dog to participate. Your dog must have proof of American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen within the last 2 years. There is a fee for the 6 week class.

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About Canines for Service


221 Old Dairy Road Unit 1, 221, Wilmington, NC 28405, US

Mission Statement

Canines For Service, Inc. is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life through the services of specially trained service dogs.


A service dog is a dog individually trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability other than blindness. Service dogs perform a wide variety of tasks, which enable individuals to experience increased independence and enhance quality of life. Service dogs trained through Canines for Service, Inc. are able to perform the following tasks for their partners: retrieving; dropped/distant objects; pulling wheelchairs; opening doors;carrying items; rising to high counters (i.e. banks, hotels);physical support for mobility and transfers to/from wheelchairs; physical assistance to recover from a fall; dressing or undressing; assisting with household tasks such as bed making and laundry; assisting an individual after a seizure Canines for Service, Inc. acquires dogs for the program from a variety of sources including donations from reputable breeders, rescue organizations, and local animal shelters. Purebred and mixed breed dogs are both utilized, with an emphasis on using rescued and shelter dogs. All dogs are spayed/neutered prior to entering service. Male and female dogs are equally suited to service work.


We'll work with your schedule.


221 Old Dairy Road Unit 1Wilmington, NC 28405



  • Animal Therapy


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 10
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two hour class each week for 6 weeks
  • must have your own dog; dog must have completed CGC

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