Susquehanna Service Dogs relies on volunteers to help raise, train, and place service dogs to assist people to become more independent. We would not be able to carry out our mission without our volunteers. They raise and sit our puppies in training, help train the dogs in advanced training, give demonstrations, make harnesses, maintain our kennel and property, help with team training and public access tests, and so much more.

This strong volunteer spirit began with our founder, Nancy Fierer, and her husband Robert. Nancy served as our volunteer director for over 20 years, and for most of that time, she maintained our office and kennel in her own home. She and Robert gave countless hours to Susquehanna Service Dogs, and when she retired as our director, we couldn't think of a better way to honor that legacy than by creating the Nancy and Robert Fierer Spirit of Volunteerism Award.

This award is given out annually to a volunteer who is a champion of SSD and our mission. Recipients of this award not only support our work raising and training service dogs, but they truly embrace the heart of our mission—to support people to live their best lives with their service dog at their side.

Past Recipients

  • 2019: Melvin Brownold
  • 2018: Dr. Nancy Dreschel
  • 2017: Peter and Betsy Smith