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Saint Francis co-founder Carol Willoughby with her Saint Francis service dog, Midas

Meet Midas, Service Dog to Saint Francis Founder Carol Willoughby

Carol Willoughby became an advocate for people with disabilities in the early 1970’s after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 22. Her first service dog, a privately trained golden retriever named Booker, restored her dwindling self confidence and inspired Carol to establish the non-profit—Saint Francis Service Dogs at her kitchen table in 1996. Now

Baron Goldsberry trains a Saint Francis Service Dog

Inmates find purpose in training service dogs

Saint Francis Service Dogs provides service dogs to children and adults with disabilities, allowing the recipients to live more independent lives. The organization partners with the Virginia Department of Corrections and a medium-security men’s prison where inmates raise and train the dogs.

Charlotte and Flash

Charlotte and Flash: A Dynamic Duo

Meet Charlotte. She’s a young girl living with Prader Willi Syndrome, Apraxia, Obstructive Apnea, and Scoliosis, each taking a toll on her balance and mobility. But her best friend Flash is a service dog who helps her walk and climb stairs. She picks up dolls when Charlotte drops them and carries books for her. Petting

Danny and Simon

Service Dogs Bring Comfort and Joy

Saint Francis Service Dogs is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities to become more independent and self-sufficient through partnerships with professionally trained service dogs. Meet duo Danny and Simon!

Children read to Deuce

With a Service Dog, Children Learn in Many Ways

Facility dogs engage students in special education classes by providing motivation, feelings of safety, and increased opportunities for constructive fun.

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