Susquehanna Service Dogs: A Grassroots Effort that Took Seed and Blossomed
“Each person who volunteers their time in any capacity,” Pam Foreman, director of Susquehanna Service Dogs, says, “each person partnered with an SSD dog, each employee and each person who provides a monetary or in-kind donation of any amount makes this program what it is.” Harrisburg Magazine provides a "behind the scenes" look at Susquehanna Service Dogs and how little puppies become working service dogs.
Scientists know that it only takes a few minutes of having a dog in your presence to have major, quantifiable impacts on the body and mind. That’s why so many physicians and therapists recommend the companionship of a dog to help reduce anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and a host of other conditions. Truly, having companionship with a four-legged pal can be powerful, especially when the furry friend has been trained to perform daily tasks beyond ordinary canine responsibilities.
At Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), now a part of Keystone Human Services’ international spectrum of services, director Pam Foreman regularly sees how essential the dogs her organization breeds, trains and places can be.