Assistance Dogs


SSD dog and Merry Heilner puppy sitter

Dogs Learn a New Routine with Puppy Sitters

When SSD Culligan goes to a sitter, she gains all sorts of new experiences. Maybe she meets the sitter’s cats, chickens, or chinchilla. Maybe she spends the week with small children. Maybe she practices sleeping in instead of waking up early to go to the office. Maybe she spends a week or so in an...
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VIP Armstrong, VIP Luther, and raisers

Puppy Raisers: Who Are They and What Do They Do?

How does a cute, nine-week-old puppy go from just learning their name to being ready to learn specialized tasks for their future partner? Puppy raisers are the key.
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Volunteer Ambassador Dog Teams Help Create Welcoming Communities

Did you know that Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Ambassador Dog teams participated in 556 community outreach activities in 2023? This includes 189 meet and greets and 112 formal demonstrations about Susquehanna Service Dogs and how assistance dogs can assist people with disability to live more independently and have the confidence to chase their dreams.
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PA Governor Recognizes Susquehanna Service Dogs

Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD) is honored to receive a letter of recognition from Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro for our work supporting people with disability to live full lives within the community.
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Facility Dog Builds Connections in York County School

“Part of the family” – that’s the slogan of Dallastown Area Intermediate School. It’s also the perfect description for SSD Doodle, the school’s facility dog. She’s a one-dog welcome committee for students arriving in the morning. She sits at the door greeting the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders as they come inside. “She gives kids...
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Dr. Tiana Kelly Receives 2023 Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Congratulations to Dr. Tiana Kelly, the 2023 recipient of the Nancy and Robert Fierer Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Presented annually by Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), this award recognizes volunteers who serve as a champion for SSD and its mission, supporting people to live their best lives with an assistance dog by their side.
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Pamela Foreman

Pamela Foreman and Patricia Sipe Named 2023 Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Awardees

(Harrisburg, PA) November 9, 2023 -- On November 8, 2023, Keystone Human Services (KHS) honored Pamela Foreman and Patricia Sipe with the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Membership.
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Blake_ Nathan Selove

Assistance Dogs Change Lives: Listen on The Spark

“Having my [assistance] dog with me made such a difference in the stress levels at work that I got healthier,” said Ramon Selove during an interview on The Spark with WITF. “I ended up being able to complete my whole thirty years with a normal retirement. It was ten years of work history that nobody...
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SSD Patriot Award

Director of Susquehanna Service Dogs Receives Patriot Award

We’re proud to share that Susquehanna Service Dogs Director Deb Tack has received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office within the Department of Defense. This award is given to supervisors and employers who support their Guard and Reserve employees.
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Facility Dog Brings More Than Smiles to Red Land High School

As SSD Rudder walks through the hallway at Red Land High School, students call out greetings or let their hands briefly brush against her soft fur as they walk through the hallway on their way to their classrooms. Some stop for a fist bump or high five.
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