(WHTM) — abc27 and its staff were helping nonprofits across the Midstate on Thursday for Nexstar’s Founder’s Day! In Lebanon County, some employees worked with Susquehanna Service Dogs on its expansion with painting, moving supplies and cleaning.
“Since 1993, Susquehanna Service Dogs have been serving in the local community by training, placing, and providing lifetime follow-up care or service dogs and facility dogs who provide individuals with independence.” Deb Tack, Executive Director, Susquehanna Service Dogs said.
Photos from Founder’s Day 2021 at Susquehanna Service Dogs
“In about eight to nine weeks, they go to live with one of our volunteer puppy raisers,” Tack said. “Puppy raisers attend classes here with our professional trainers for about a year and a half. At that point, they come to our facility for their advanced training where they learn their specialized tasks that will assist their individual partner or for the facility for the work they may do.”
Susquehanna Service Dogs is expanding.
“We are very excited to be breaking ground on our new facility and it will be housed right here about where I am standing right now,” added Tack. “It will include two state-of-the-art classrooms, it will include new kennel facilities, new training facilities to help us to improve and enhance the services we provide to the individuals we serve.”
abc27 staff helped with the transformation.
“When we have other people willing to come and help us, it is so fulfilling for us and we love having everyone out here and working really hard, but I hope they are having a little bit of fun,” Tack said on the day of service, June 17.
We can’t wait to join you!
Since 1993, SSD has placed over 350 service and facility dogs. For more on Susquehanna Service Dogs and how you can help, click here. Learn about the nonprofits that got our help and how you can help, too.