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Service Dogs for Veterans


About Us

Welcome to Four Paws and a Wake Up dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence, and enhanced quality of life, through the services of specially trained dogs.


Our organization began in 2019, in New Mexico and North Carolina.  Although we are young in years, we have over 30 years of experience in the service dog training industry. 


Four Paws and a Wake Up

Providing Services West of the Mississippi River

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Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC

Providing Services East of the Mississippi River

Thousands of Veterans can benefit from the gift of a service dog.  Yet, many do not know what a service dog can do for them or they do not know organizations can and will help; without charging fees.  Four Paws and a Wake Up provides trained service dogs for veterans at no cost. 

what you need to know

Service dogs are specifically trained to help a person living with a disability to be more independent.

service dog access information

A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

what's in a name

The name Four Paws and a Wake Up Inc. comes from a military term referring to the wake ups a service member has before a new duty station, deployment, discharge or retirement.  In this case, it is the wake up the Veteran will experience after receiving their four paws.  

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