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Susquehanna Service Dogs Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer, complete the online application.


  • Ask other organizations you’re involved with to hold a fundraiser for SSD, such as a bake sale, carwash, bingo, a raffle, yard sale, flower sale, etc.
  • Have your business sponsor a fundraiser for SSD
  • Tabs for Labs: Save the tabs off your soda cans and bring them to the SSD kennel or a Keystone office. SSD recycles the tabs and receives money.
  • Walk for a Healthy Community: Talk about the Walk for a Healthy Community, sponsored by Highmark and hand out promotional materials.
  • Support SSD as you shop online. Sign up at and a percentage of every purchase will be donated to SSD, at no cost to you.
  • Hold a dress down day for a donation at work, and donate the proceeds to SSD.

Community Outreach

  • Post and distribute posters and brochures in public areas
  • Arrange for a service dog demonstration for a group or organization
  • Become a demonstration dog team and give SSD demonstrations
  • Help us make things, such as sewing harnesses and puppy scarves, building shelves or painting walls and equipment
  • Take videos and photos during Team Training. We will supply the equipment.
  • Learn how to give the certification test and help give the annual certification test to our team
  • Assist SSD staff to interview partners
  • Recruit friends to volunteer for SSD
  • Make fleece tug toys

Whelp a Litter

  • Care for a pregnant mother and her puppies for eight weeks in your home
  • A responsible adult caretaker must be available in the home 24/7 for nine weeks
  • Must be willing to allow volunteer puppy huggers to visit your home

Special Events, Lunches and Dinners

  • Help plan and hold the annual graduation party, the holiday party and other special programs
  • Prepare, deliver, set up , serve or clean up lunches during Team Training

Kennel Assistance

  • Clean the kennel
  • Groom dogs
  • Fill Kongs and bones
  • Cut up hotdogs

Note: Nearly all of our opportunities to work with dogs are on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We normally do not have opportunities to work with dogs on evenings and weekends.

Puppy Hugging

  • Help socialize the puppies while they’re still with their mother
  • Assist the mid-woof with the daily care of the puppies
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