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Nineteen Working Dogs Graduate from Susquehanna Service Dogs

Susquehanna Service Dogs will be holding its annual graduation ceremony on May 9 at 6 p.m. at Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg, PA. Nineteen dogs and their handlers will be graduating and SSD will formally introduce its new director, Pam Foreman.

Harrisburg, PA (PRWeb) May 1, 2014—Nineteen working dogs will graduate from Susquehanna Service Dogs at its annual graduation ceremony, held on May 9 at 6 p.m. at Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg, PA.

These nineteen dogs have been placed as working service dogs, facility/courthouse dogs, demo therapy interview dogs, State Police K-9 dogs, or companion dogs. The annual graduation is a time for everyone from the puppy raisers to the dogs’ current handlers to celebrate the success of the dogs.

“While this evening is a celebration, it’s also very emotional,” says Nancy Fierer, SSD’s founder and director. “You see the interaction of everyone who has played a part in this dog’s life to make them successful.”

During the evening, Susquehanna Service Dogs will also formally introduce its new director, Pam Foreman. After over twenty years at the helm of SSD, Fierer is retiring at the end of May. Foreman joined SSD on April 21 and is currently working together with Fierer. Foreman comes to SSD with 33 years of experience working at Keystone Human Services.

Throughout her career, she has always been interested in Susquehanna Service Dogs. “I think this is where I’m supposed to be,” she says. “It’s a good match for me and hopefully a good one for SSD.”

Susquehanna Services Dogs, a program of Keystone Human Services Children and Family Services, breeds, raises, trains, and places assistance dogs to support individuals with disabilities. An assistance dog may pull a manual wheelchair, open a door, retrieve items, alert to sounds, offer balance help, or perform other tasks to increase a person’s independence and ability to be involved in their community.

Susquehanna Service Dogs is a fully accredited program of Assistance Dogs International. SSD is a nonprofit totally dependent on philanthropic support from individuals, businesses, and organizations. For more information supporting SSD or volunteering, visit http://www.keystonehumanservices.org/ssd.

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