Freedom Service Dogs was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization by Michael and PJ Roche. Both Mike and PJ were active with Assistance Dogs International (ADI) when the assistance dog industry was just developing. The Roche’s worked diligently to transform FSD from a small, two person organization to one of the leading service dog training organizations in the country.
In early 2009, in recognition of the increasing number of “wounded warriors” that were returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, FSD launched Operation Freedom, a focused initiative identifying deserving disabled veterans and matching them with a trained service dog companion. FSD provides service dogs to veterans suffering impairments from any conflict over the last several decades.
Since 1987, FSD has graduated hundreds of client/dog teams.