Canines for Service
Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life through the gift of highly skilled service dogs. Canines for Veterans, a program of Canines for Service, is a national program dedicated to training service dogs for our Veterans with service-connected disabilities including mobility limitations, posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
The program uses shelter and rescue dogs that are one to two years of age and trains the dogs in over 90 skills to serve veterans with disabilities. The dogs are trained by Veterans and students who are learning new job skills.
Canines for Service is the longest serving provider of service dogs based in North Carolina and the first provided in the state to receive Assistance Dogs International certification. The Canines for Veterans began in 2008 in the Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune Brig where military prisoners were taught the skills of training a service dog. In 2010, the program relocated to the Charleston Naval Station Brig and operated until June of 2015 when it returned the program to our corporate location. Canines for Service does not train someone’s own dog.