Program History

Next Step Service Dogs was founded in 2012 by Sally Montrucchio. The focus of NSSD is to implement a new flagship program to serve military men and women who would benefit from the use of a service dog for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and also for those military men and women who would benefit from a career training service dogs for their fellow warriors.

Our Mission

The mission of Next Step Service Dogs (NSSD) is to enhance and renew the lives of Veterans and First Responders living with visible and invisible injuries including PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries with the placement of custom trained service dogs.

What We Do

NSSD is reducing the surging demand for well-trained and effective service dogs by supporting clients in training their own dogs for service or by pairing them with suitable donated dogs to train.

Next Step Service Dogs does not charge for service dogs or their training and supports each dog through its lifetime.

Upcoming Events

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