Susquehanna Service Dogs, an assistance dog program, plans to build a new training center.
The organization breeds, raises, trains, and places service dogs and hearing dogs, as well as facility dogs, to assist children and adults with disabilities. The nonprofit matches people and dogs, and follows each team for the working life of the dog and through the dog’s retirement.
The nonprofit was founded in 1993.
Last week, Susquehanna Service Dogs broke ground on a 13,000-square-foot training center at 1078 Gravel Hill Road in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County near Grantville on the same farm where the organization has been for several years.
The new center will include 24 kennel runs, which the organization said will double the number of kennel runs currently available. The center will also include indoor and outdoor space for the dogs in training. Dogs will have access to three separate play yards.
“The center is designed with sound attenuation and careful attention to lighting to better serve partners with autism, PTSD, and seizure disorders,” the organization said in a press release.
Alexander Building Construction Co. is the construction manager for the project. Murray Associates Architects is the architect, and H. Edward Black and Associates is the engineer.
Susquehanna Service Dogs plans to open the new center in the spring.
“This new center has been a dream for years, and we’re so excited to see work beginning,” Deb Tack, director of Susquehanna Service Dogs said in a press release. “I know SSD will continue to be a leader in the assistance dog community and continue to change lives.”
Susquehanna Service Dogs is a program of Keystone Human Services, a human services organization, which is based in Susquehanna Township. The organization was founded in 1972, and now has more than 3,000 employees working in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as in India and Moldova.
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