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Kids and Canines

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Our mission of serving disadvantaged youth at Kids and Canines is twofold:

  • To give at-risk youth the support, tools and opportunities to empower themselves and improve their lives, and;
  • Provide trained dogs to individuals looking for emotional support from a dog, and to those looking for a dog to serve in a therapeutic role.


We believe all children, and especially the disadvantaged youth in our programs, can become high achievers in their own unique way and overcome challenges through care and support. Our goal is to empower kids by teaching them important life skills while receiving the therapeutic value of caring for and training a dog that will go on to serve others. 

The children in our programs are selected in collaboration by teachers, counselors and therapists. Those selected learn basic life and work skills that will serve them later in life.

Program students start as dog groomers where they learn the importance and joy of caring for others by being responsible for the care of a dog. The bond formed between a student and “their” dog may be the first experience these children have with trust and unconditional love.

As the student advances they become dog trainers, preparing our dogs for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  The students will train the dog for more than 30 cues.  This training gives the child a chance to see first-hand their success as their dog passes standardized evaluations. During this training, the students enjoy the companionship of the dog while gaining confidence and learning important life and job skills.


Katie Osborn

Location 3215 Nundy Road Tampa, FL 33618
  1. Adolescents
  2. Animal-assisted activities
  3. Animal-assisted therapies
  4. Animal roles
  5. At risk
  6. Children
  7. Dogs
  8. Mammals
  9. Service animals
  10. volunteers
  11. young animals