Freedom Service Dogs of America (FSD) transforms lives by partnering people with custom-trained assistance dogs. Our clients include veterans with PTSD, children and teens with autism and other neurocognitive disabilities, and individuals with physical challenges resulting from conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injury. We also provide professional therapy dogs to serve as partners for clinicians, therapists, law enforcement, and more. Since being founded in 1987, Freedom Service Dogs has graduated hundreds of client-dog teams and provided lifetime support to nearly 200 active teams, at no cost to our clients.

For people with disabilities, a custom-trained assistance dog from FSD can open the door to new possibilities. Instead of a life limited by difficulties, fears, and frustrations over what they cannot do, our clients and their service dogs discover all they are capable of doing—together. With their service dog at their side, FSD clients regain lost independence and feel more comfortable in crowds. They learn to reconnect with loved ones and take on challenges with confidence. They find that what was once impossible is now possible, and they experience greater self-esteem, happiness, and hope.


Freedom Service Dogs is proud to be an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and has passed regular on-site inspections to ensure that we meet strictly defined ADI standards for assistance dog training. ADI is the nonprofit organization that sets and promotes standards and ethics for assistance dog training organizations around the world. FSD is a voting member of Assistance Dogs International.

who we are

We transform lives by partnering people with custom-trained assistance dogs.

We envision a world where individuals have the freedom to live their lives to the fullest with a custom-trained assistance dog by their side.

We believe in harnessing the power of diversity to create a culture of belonging where all individuals are celebrated and valued for their unique ideas, perspectives, and strengths as a means to achieving personal excellence and organizational success.


Lead the Pack
Commit to excellence in all we do.

Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are
Demonstrate integrity to build trust.

Work Together, Wag Together
Achieve shared goals while having fun.

Keep Our Dogs in a Row
Steward all resources efficiently and effectively.

Unleash the Power of Diversity
Foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizational culture.


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Freedom Service Dogs was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization by Michael and PJ Roche. The Roches worked tirelessly to transform FSD from a local, two-person organization to one of the leading service dog training organizations in the country at a time when the assistance dog industry was in the early stages of development.

As FSD expanded, its leaders recognized a need for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to have additional support as they entered civilian life, leading to the launch of Operation Freedom, a program that provides custom-trained service dogs to veterans with disabilities.


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