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Raise a puppy - change a life!

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ORGANIZATION: Susquehanna Service Dogs

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 12 people are interested
Become a Puppy Raiser
Become a Puppy Raiser

Make a difference and change lives by raising a puppy! Puppy raisers welcome a 9-week-old puppy into their home to socialize and train for 15-18 months. No experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know about raising an assistance dog.

We ask that you live within an hour’s drive of Grantville, PA; Center City, Philadelphia, PA; or State College, PA.

Raiser Responsibilities

  • Attend regular puppy classes every week for the first 9 weeks and then 2-3 times per month until the dog is approximately 18 months old
  • Participate in mandatory outings throughout the year
  • Teach the puppy good house manners and basic cues and skills as instructed by our trainers
  • Take the puppy to new and interesting places, such as stores, parks, restaurants, and more
  • Purchase food, treats, and appropriate toys

Susquehanna Service Dogs covers all veterinary costs and provides monthly heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives.

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About Susquehanna Service Dogs


1078 Gravel Hill Rd, Grantville, PA 17028, US

Mission Statement

Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), a program of Keystone Human Services, trains and provides assistance dogs and facility dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities to become more independent. SSD is a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International.


Our assistance dogs give people the confidence to live more independently and do things they didn’t think were possible. These dogs change lives.

A program of Keystone Human Services, Susquehanna Service Dogs breeds, raises, trains, and places service dogs and hearing dogs, as well as facility dogs, to assist children and adults with disability to lead the lives they want to live. Founded in 1993, we have placed over 350 assistance dogs throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states.

We work hard to match people and dogs to form a successful partnership and follow each team for the working life of the dog and through the dog’s retirement. Whether our assistance dogs are retrieving dropped items or helping their partner navigate a crowded store, they’re assisting their partners to live full, rich, meaningful lives.

Our volunteers make it possible for us to breed, raise, train, and place life-changing assistance dogs. We currently have over 400 volunteers who collectively give over 40,000 hours each month to our program. Whether they’re raising puppies or painting a fence, volunteers are making a difference and helping to change lives.


People with Disabilities
Animals, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


1078 Gravel Hill RoadGrantville, PA 17028



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteer Puppy Raisers care for and train a puppy from the time they are 9 weeks old until they are approximately 18 months old. Puppy sitting opportunities are also available for individuals wanting to care for a puppy on an as needed basis,
  • Volunteers should love dogs, enjoy being part of a supportive volunteer community, and want to change lives!

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