Next Step Service Dogs

Fall Newsletter 2017

New Teams and Facility Dogs Will Be Honored

At October 22 Graduation

Please notice the change in location

Meet Our Teams


Event Highlights

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and came out to support our
Second Annual Glory Night and The Honor Bowl
Both of these events were incredibly important for NSSD.

Second Annual Glory Night
Thank you to Quad Ale House
for providing a wonderful venue for our
Second Annual Glory Night
On August 25th we held our Second Annual Glory Night, hosted by Quad Ale House.  For this event, we created 12 raffle baskets to raise funds.  In addition, Quad Ale House was kind enough to donate a percentage of the night’s proceeds to NSSD.  Just like last year, this event was a great success.   Not only did we raise more funds for Next Step Service Dogs, but we were able to come together as a community and educate those that were in attendance about our mission.  

Four of Our Glory Night Winners

 The Honor Bowl
The Honor Bowl, was a two day football event at Cathedral Catholic High School that was held on the 1st and 2nd of September. This event is hosted by The Honor Group, a non-profit organization whose vision is to educate students, coaches, and communities about the needs of our veterans.  They raise funds to help injured, ill and wounded veterans return to a normal civilian life.  
One of the ways
The Honor Group does this is by sponsoring service dogs for veterans.  For this event, they chose to sponsor two NSSD service dogs and we could not be more grateful.  During the halftime show on both nights, a ceremony was held where they presented two of our clients with a service dog and honored not only those clients and their stories, but also talked about our organization and mission.
The two teams being honored were Ross and Astro (left) and Ben and Stella (right)

Sonny, Our Facility Dog, working at The Aspire Center
The ASPIRE Center is a 40-bed residential treatment facility designed to promote recovery in Veterans, particularly those who returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Center provides a safe, comfortable living environment.  
Molly is our Facility Dog working at the
Wounded Warrior Home
In her early years she was happily teamed with a veteran by NSSD.  Unfortunately, we found that she needed ACL surgery on both of her knees.  In between surgeries she was given a career change and is now placed with Gene as her handler.  Together they are supporting the veterans at WWH in Vista.

Fundraising & Upcoming Events
A huge thank you to Mike Hess Brewing Co. for their continued support of NSSD during the year.  Hessfest was a huge success and we cannot thank the team at MHB for having us be a part of it.  

Our next event is September 21 at their Ocean Beach location from 6-9pm. Stop by and say hello.
Please join us Sunday, October 15, 2017 at this fun event being held at St. Mark Executive Golf Course at Lake San Marcos. 

The American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring this Golf Scramble Fundraiser to benefit active military veterans by contributing a portion of their proceeds to Next Step Service Dogs. 

Please join us in wishing Judy Keene the best as she takes her next step with NSSD.  Judy has been a part of NSSD since its inception and is now retiring from her full-time position.  Fortunately, Judy will continue working with NSSD on special projects.    Judy has been the foundation of our organization and we cannot thank her enough for all that she has done and still does to make NSSD the great organization that it has become.


Dog Trainers Needed
We Train our Trainers to Train

Our service dogs are for veterans, active military, and first responders
who have PTSD, TBI, and/or mobility limitations.

Training an NSSD service dog can be one of the most gratifying experiences of your life. However, unlike most programs, NSSD service dogs in training reside with their trainers. These are mature dogs that have had some basic obedience training. Our trainers immerse the dog in the public environment from day one preparing the dog for the Access Test. A trainer must be prepared for a dog to live with them anywhere from three (3) to six (6) months. 

If you are interested or want to learn more,
go to our website at NSSD and click on volunteers.

Special Thanks
The Airpower Foundation was founded by the nation’s oldest military support organization, The Fort Worth Airpower Council, to be a nationwide non-profit dedicated to supporting active duty, reserve and National Guard families. The Foundation also supports projects for children who have lost a parent in the war, wounded warriors and veterans.

Cloverlane Foundation

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