Human Services

Canine Support Teams, Inc.

Providing the gift of independence and love, one dog at a time, since 1989.

aka CST

Temecula, CA


Canine Support Teams' mission is to provide specially trained dogs to people with disabilities to support their personal, social and occupational independence.
Canine Support Teams, Inc. (CST), was founded in 1989 to help individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence with the help of a highly trained assistance dog. CST is a mainly volunteer program with a broad volunteer base of dedicated individuals from every walk of life. We are committed to upholding and improving the standards of the Service Dog industry to ensure the safety and well-being of Disabled Clients as well as Service Dogs.

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Founder / CEO

Carol Roquemore

Main Address

PO Box 891767

Temecula, CA 92589 USA


assistance dog, disability, independence, service dog





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Health Support Services (E60)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Canine Support Teams is leading the way to improve the qualifications and standards for Service Dogs. We work tirelessly to raise awareness of the value and importance of Service Dogs in the lives of persons with disabilities. We are committed to ensuring that COST will never be an impediment to a disabled applicant to receive the Service Dog s/he needs.

Our programs

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PAWZ for Wounded Veterans

Prison Pup Program

Service Dogs for Disabled Persons

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goals are (1) to ensure that Service Dogs are properly socialized, trained and appropriate for public access. (2) To place qualified Service Dogs with every client that needs one without charge. (3) To expand our Prison Pups program to include more qualified Inmate Trainers and additional correctional facilities. (4) To expand our operations to other states to better serve more disabled applicants.

To achieve our goals, we are actively recruiting "Puppy Raisers" to foster our youngest Service Dogs in training, as they work alongside our professional training staff. We are aggressively seeking additional funding sources to underwrite our program costs and keep our expenses at a minimum. We are growing our existing Prison Pups program and working with California Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation officials to add opportunities for inmates. We are growing our network of trainers in other areas of the country to facilitate testing and training on a national scale.

Our professional training staff are also INSTRUCTORS of Service Dog Training. They mentor and teach apprentices and Inmate Trainers to prepare working Service Dogs. As we broaden the base of our training staff, we are also broadening the base of our financial supporters.

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Canine Support Teams, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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