Helping students, help dogs, help people...

One paw at a time

Wildcat Service Dogs (WSD) is a student-run organization with the University of Kentucky. We raise, train and educate the public about service dogs. Students are selected to raise service dogs in training for the first 10-12 months of their life. These students are responsible for socializing, training, partially financing, and housing of the dog. All of our trainers go through a rigorous selection and basic training process prior to receiving their puppy. Trainers are required to attend weekly training sessions and monthly socialization outings, and turn in weekly progress reports.


Our puppies that complete basic training will then be evaluated and should complete their advanced training through an ADI accredited organization called Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI). ADAI partnered with WSD in 2013.

Katie Skarvan 



Katie attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in 2014. She started Wildcat Service Dogs in 2011 after being inspired by a service dog organization at her previous school, Texas A&M University. Since then, she has trained our first graduate, Graham. She also worked with Paws with a Purpose located in Lousiville, KY and trained her second dog, Chevy. 

Want to Become a Member?

Email our President, Kayla Mullins, at or send us a message through our Facebook page for more information! 


Be sure to join us for our orientation meeting at the beginning of each semester!

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"Being a trainer will change your life. You learn patience, problem-solving and persistence.There are no words to describe how much someone grows through a partnership with a service dog in training."

2013 Training Supervisor

Hannah White


"WSD is an amazing organization. As an active member for four years, I learned that helping others not only gives back to society as a whole, but it also brings someone personal and lifelong joy."

2014 Training Supervisor

Jennifer Lyons



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