Next Step Service Dogs (NSSD) Graduation 2018
A Non-Profit affiliated and funded by Cloverlane Foundation
Cloverlane Foundation, attended the Next Step Service Dogs Graduation in San Diego, California on October 7th, 2018. The event celebrated the graduation of thirteen dogs, who just completed training to be certified service dogs, along with the Veteran they have been paired with.
Each Veteran was offered time to talk briefly about their experience and how their lives have changed since discovering Next Step Service Dogs. Going outside and socializing was not an option for many of these Veterans before they found their service dog. Now, with the tools they have gained and the companion they received along the way, this program brings light back to Veterans lives; a light that has been taken from them, while they were risking their lives to protect the freedom of people all around the world.
The mission of Next Step Service Dogs (NSSD) is to empower Veterans, Active Military, and First Responders, who have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), OR TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and/or complications with mobility. The NSSD Program, trains outstanding service dogs to greatly improve the quality of life for every client.
The vision of NSSD is to assist, employ, and support brave Veterans with TBI and/or PTSD, by giving them necessary tools to assist in the process of the training of a service dog. Due to the fact that the demand exceeds the supply for exceptionally trained service dogs, Next Step Service Dogs, at times, will assist clients in training a dog they already have.
Furthermore, NSSD provides wage jobs and/or career opportunities to underemployed or unemployed Veterans, along with teaching on how to train service dogs for other Veterans.
NSSD does not charge for service dogs or the training that is needed and will continue to support every dog throughout its entire life. Next Step Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501 ©3 nonprofit organization.
For additional information or to make an online donation, visit them at: www.nextstepservicedogs.org
This article was written by Kristina Chase, a Communication student at California State University San Marcos