Service Dog ‘Lotus’ Offers Marine Veteran Newfound Hope

Lotus is one of five 2022 AKC Awards for Canine Excellence recipients, winning the Service Dog category. This category recognizes task-trained service dogs that enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners. Including but not limited to guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, and balance dogs.

It was only seven years ago

Red Cross Hero Award

Next Step Service Dogs founder, Sally Montrucchio, is honored by the American Red Cross as one of San Diego’s Real Heroes.

An estimated 600,000 veterans are dealing with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). With a veteran suicide rate averaging 22 every day, the work to support

Lions Club helps support veterans program

The Del Sol Lions worked with the County to get a $40,000 grant to support the Dog Training Academy for Veterans at Next Step Service Dogs, aka NSSD. The nonprofit NSSD provides service dogs for veterans and first responders with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injuries and offers a path to employment. Two members of the