Founded in 1989, by Carol Roquemore, Canine Support Teams provides service dogs to increase the ability of someone with disabilities to live independently while simultaneously providing loving companionship. Canine Support Teams is a non-profit organization, made possible by the many people who give of their time, energy, money and love for the purpose of enhancing the lives of those affected by disabilities.
CST Service dogs are placed with people who use wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or have Autism, Epilepsy, Seizures, Diabetes, Combat Veterans with PTSD and more. Our service dogs are taught to assist their partners by pulling manual wheelchairs, turning lights on and off, pushing elevator buttons, retrieving dropped or hard to reach items, making purchases or banking transactions, opening and closing doors and drawers, barking to get help and providing stability for walking. In addition, these dogs help to serve as an ice-breaker in public situations and provide constant companionship for their partners.
Our Assistance dogs work for individuals who can manage their dogs with help from another person, caregiver or attendant and have all the skills associated with Service Dogs.
Social dogs are placed with individuals, in nursing homes or in group care facilities. Interaction with dogs has been proven to have a strong, positive psychological impact. All dogs accepted into the training program must pass rigorous health and temperament tests. These dogs are either part of the CST breeding program or are donated by private breeders.