Here to help mitigate disabilities through the power of dog


How We're Helping Others

Southern Service Dogs Inc. started from a need to help relieve everyday difficulties that come from various disabilities with the use of service dogs. Aimed at helping to improve functioning in everyday life. Dogs have the ability to detect increased stress levels in humans and to detect medical emergencies. Research on the use of service dogs has been shown to decrease stress, lower symptoms of PTSD, decrease isolation, and increase independence in people suffering with feelings of hypervigilence, depression, and anxiety. We accept both rescue dogs and dogs bred for the correct temperament to be trained to relieve the symptoms of the specific disability of the individual.  Executive Director and Dog Trainer, Jim Mathys, has over 40 years of experience in training service animals. He has extensive knowledge about the ADA laws about service dogs and provides education and support to the clients helped by Southern Service Dogs Inc.


Our Facility

Set at a dog training facility in the heart of middle Georgia on 100 acres. 

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself "

                      -Josh Billings

Thank You

Whether you can help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, 

or spreading our mission through

 word-of-mouth, we thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.


Southern Service Dogs  trains dogs for military veterans and civilian clients. With over 40 years of experience in training service dogs,  we have individualized training regimen

 for each dog based on the needs of the client.

Getting Started


Start the process by downloading your application directly from this website and email the application back to us at We look forward to hearing from you.

Our Mission


 To provide assistance dogs to active duty and retired military personnel who have been injured or experienced trauma while serving in the US Armed Forces.This service is provided at no cost to the veteran.

Our Board of Directors

Jim Mathys USAF vet, Executive Director

GySgt Angel S. Barcenas USMC Ret.

Fred E. Cullens, DVM

Stephen Everett, DVM

Susan Lewis

Heidi Ruzzo