Meet the Current Trainees

Introducing our remarkable dog trainees, the future heroes of Southern Cross Service Dogs. Each trainee possesses a unique blend of traits, eagerly preparing to provide unwavering support and perform essential tasks.


Join us in welcoming Frankie, our enthusiastic yellow lab, embarking on a transformative journey to become a service dog.


Lucky, born 12/9/2021, has graduated from the puppy phase and is enrolled in specialized training as a service dog.


Reilly is a 34 lbs Golden Retreiver born on 12/9/2021. She loves to snuggle and is very affectionate. In June she graduated from her puppy skill set and started to work on adopting her skills for future work.


Matty carries the name and legacy of Matthew James Gryzmalski, who tragically lost his life in the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. Honoring the wishes of Matthew's brother, Peter, a former NYPD Detective and Horry County SC Fire Department Captain, we proudly named this future service hero in memory of Matthew.


Polly was named in loving memory of the mother of Larry DiCesare, fiancé of our board member, Tony Rice. Polly, was a force of kindness and generosity in her lifetime, always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. She held a special place in her heart for animals, especially dogs. Her father, Joseph Vincent, served as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII, further fueling her respect for those who serve.

Eligibility Requirements
and Application Process

Southern Cross Service Dogs has specific eligibility requirements for both dogs and applicants. Here are the dog eligibility requirements and an overview of our application process:

Please note that the application process and eligibility requirements may be subject to updates or modifications, and each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure the best possible match and outcomes for both the applicant and the service dog.