Support Susquehanna Service Dogs on #GivingTuesday!
November 28, 2017 is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Our goal is to raise $7,500 in one day to help fund the perfect match between a person and their service dog!
What does it take to create the perfect match?
We start our matching process by looking at who’s on our waiting list and what dogs we have in advanced training. We look at:
- What tasks does the person need the dog to do?
- What kind of work does the dog like to do?
- What is the person’s lifestyle and home environment like?
We want to make sure that each service dog fits into their partner’s life and enhances it. If a person is always on the go, we want to make sure their service dog will be active and comfortable with continually changing environments. If a person works in an office, then their service dog needs to be happy to spend most of the day sleeping.
Each person has the opportunity to meet several of our dogs. During that meeting (called Meet the Dogs), we watch the interactions and ask lots of questions. Often, we see the person and dog choose each other.
Once that initial match is made, we train the dog specifically for that person based on their needs.
Eight months later, the person and their service dog meet again at team training, where they learn to work together as a team!
Why should you give?
The perfect match can change a person’s life!
SSD Diego is a courthouse dog working with children in Cumberland County, PA. His handler says, “Diego lightens the tension and allows kids to be kids, if only for an hour.”
Nate and SSD Colorado have been a team for over a year. Not only does Colorado help Nate to be self-sufficient and independent, but he gives Nate’s mother peace of mind:
“As a mother, I am now more comfortable leaving Nate alone at home. When Nate is invited out with friends, I don’t hesitate to let him go because he now has Colorado to rely on.”
You can help us fund the perfect match by making a donation on November 28 to change lives!