Kris Weaver, KHS VP of Development
Nick Liermann, Executive Director
(Harrisburg, PA) November 16, 2021 – On Veterans Day, Team Foster presented Susquehanna Service Dogs with a check for $100,000, part of an ongoing partnership to place assistance dogs with veterans.
The partnership between SSD and Team Foster began in 2016. Since then, Team Foster has not only named a litter of puppies (the Team Foster Litter), but they have also donated over $200,000 to support veterans to receive assistance dogs.
This latest donation also includes support for veterans as they go through the process of receiving an assistance dog—the application, interviews, the matching process, and team training.
When a veteran receives their assistance dog, they receive ongoing support on two fronts. Susquehanna Service Dogs is there for the life of the dog, providing education, training, and support. Team Foster also provides support for the veteran.
Team Foster has played a pivotal role in the development of SSD’s Philly Area Puppy Raising Program, helping to recruit puppy raisers and sitters and find space for puppy classes.
Ten puppies are currently being raised in the Philadelphia. SSD Franklin, who was raised there, was recently placed as a facility dog.
“Susquehanna Service Dogs and Team Foster share a mission of placing assistance dogs with veterans and changing their lives,” says Deb Tack, Director of SSD. “Together we are able to help veterans lead full lives and do things that didn’t seem possible.”
“This partnership helps carry on the legacy of Captain Erick Foster and ensure there is No Hero Left Behind,” says Nick Liermann, Executive Director of Team Foster. “According to the VA, we continue to lose over 20 Veterans and service members to suicide every single day. Working together with SSD to battle PTSD, we are saving Veteran lives.”
About Susquehanna Service Dogs and Keystone Human Services
Susquehanna Service Dogs is a program of Keystone Human Services and has been breeding, raising, training, and placing assistance dogs in the Mid-Atlantic Region since 1993. SSD is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International.
KHS is a multi-national human services organization based in Harrisburg, PA. KHS operates in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, the Republic of Moldova, and India, providing advocacy, services, and supports in early childhood education and family support, mental health, autism, and intellectual, developmental, cognitive, and physical disability. We build communities where everyone can thrive, direct their own lives, establish homes, find meaningful work, pursue education alongside their peers, and fill valued roles in the community. In addition to operating as KHS, KHS provides services through Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), Capital Area Head Start (CAHS), Partnerships for People, Key Human Services, Keystone Autism Services, Keystone Moldova, and Keystone Institute India.
More information can be found at KHS.org and KeystoneMoldova.md
About Team Foster
Team Foster was founded to honor the legacy of Captain Erick Foster (KIA). In Erick’s memory, Team Foster brings together Veterans and civilians to ensure there is No Hero Left Behind. Funds raised go to obtain, uniquely, train and provide service dogs to injured and disabled Veterans at no cost to the Veteran. Team Foster then partners with each veteran recipient to provide a chain of unbroken support for the Veteran’s lifetime. Team Foster also provides grants for the unmet needs of Veterans with a focus on medical and housing needs.
Learn more about Team Foster at TeamFoster.org.