About Us


Fido means “Faithful”, and it comes from the Latin word, fidelitas. President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was passionate about animal welfare and had several pets throughout his lifetime. One of those pets, described as “a yellow mutt” was a dog named Fido.

Fido lived with Abe Lincoln, his wife Mary and their sons in Springfield, Illinois. While President Lincoln’s dog Fido never lived in the White House, he was a beloved family member especially to his two youngest sons, Willie and Tad.

We believe the faithfulness of facility dogs to the people they serve is extraordinary and FIDOS would like to partner with you to provide a facility dog at your location.


Meet Our Team

FIDOS is a non-profit organization formed under Alabama law and has applied for tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service. We are governed by a Board of Directors:

Kelly Schaeffer – Executive Director & President

Judith Thomason – Vice President

Cathy Cobb – Treasurer

Connie Cushing – Secretary

Tracy Anderson – Board Member



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