Service Dogs of Virginia is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places dogs to assist people with disabilities. Highly trained dogs perform a multitude of tasks that allow greater personal freedom and independence. We serve clients residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and are based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Gearing up for the holidays? Support us when you shop on Amazon!

    Shop at AmazonSmile this holiday season and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to Service Dogs of Virginia! It's really simple, just click here and the donation will automatically be paid to SDV. Please share this link with...

    read more
  • Welcome Sally Day!

    We are pleased to announce that Sally Barbee Day has joined our staff as Director of Development. Sally, a Charlottesville native and UVa graduate, is thrilled to combine her desire to help others with her lifelong love of dogs. Sally has...

    read more
  • Sponsor a Service Dog

    We're happy to introduce you to the next round of dogs in our fall annual Sponsor A Dog project.

    Visit to select a pup and follow his or her progress as they train to become a...

    read more
  • Calling All Puppy Raisers

    We always need puppy raisers! However, in order to become a puppy raiser (or perform any volunteer work that involves dog handling), you must take a mandatory training class. The class runs for 5 weeks generally from 5:30 - 8:30 pm one weekday...

    read more
  • Nickels for Nonprofits at WFM adds up!

    We were very fortunate to be the beneficiary of the Charlottesville Whole Foods Market Nickels for Nonprofits fundraiser last quarter. Everyone who brought their own reusable shopping bags through the check out could opt to receive a nickel off of...

    read more

It costs approximately $20,000 per year to raise and train a service dog and each dog is in the program one-and-a-half to two years. We need your help to make it work.