Meet our newest graduates: spring 2023

We’re excited to welcome four new teams that graduated in March and April to our FSD family! These hardworking, enthusiastic clients bonded with their service dogs as they learned dog-handling and training skills, as well as custom cues so their new canine partners can perform specialized tasks to meet their unique needs.


Meet our newest graduates: winter 2022

Our winter 2022 grads include two adults with mobility challenges, two young people with autism or other neurocognitive disabilities, and two veterans, one of whom went home with a successor dog as part of our lifetime support program.


Volunteer of the Year: Kim Hollingsworth

Kim has become an indispensable Freedom Service Dogs volunteer who has happily taken on virtually every type of work at FSD, from fostering dogs, cleaning kennels, and washing dishes to watching over newborns in the nursery, providing enrichment to adult dogs, and walking mama dogs who have recently given birth.


Chris Nelson named new president & CEO of Freedom Service Dogs

After a lengthy and thorough nationwide executive search, Chris Nelson has been selected as the next president & CEO of Freedom Service Dogs and will start in his new role on Nov. 7, 2022.


Meet our 2022 graduates

Get to know our 2022 FSD graduates as they experience greater independence, self-confidence, and happiness alongside their Freedom Service Dogs.


Meet Our Newest Graduates: August 2022

September is National Service Dog Month, the perfect time to share stories of how these loyal, loving, and highly skilled dogs transform the lives of their human partners.


Meet Our Newest Graduates: June 2022

We’re so proud of our newest FSD graduates: six veterans who came together in placement class to learn and bond with their canine partners, and in the process bonded with each other.


Pawsitive Connections is back!

FSD dogs help students in therapeutic program


FSD President & CEO Michele Ostrander announces retirement

Freedom Service Dogs President & CEO Michele Ostrander has announced her retirement and will be leaving FSD as of June 1, 2022.



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