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Mushrooming PTSD crisis among military. Experts estimate PTSD impacts 30% of all Vietnam veterans, 10% of all Desert Storm veterans, and 20% of 1.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan troops. Unemployment for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans increased from 11.5 % in 2010 to 12.1% in 2011.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

On Veterans Day November 11th 2015,  a Cox Cares Foundation event awarded a grant of $15,000 to Next Step Service Dogs.  Accompanied by two senior trainers Dan Lopez and Gina Esoldi and service dogs Ringo, Molly, and Bo, Sally Montrucchio thanked Cox Cares and shared the importance of such a gift.  In a surprise move, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications California, David Bialis doubled the grant much to the astonishment and gratitude of Sally and her team.  Thank you, Cox Communications!!

Training Program

Training Program

Check out Next Step Service Dogs training program and learn how we help to empower veterans!

Introducing Service Dogs to the Public

Introducing Service Dogs to the Public

Nov 22,2015.  Encinitas Streeet Festival:  Kissing Booth by Next Step Service Dogs in the Dog Zone is a hit!  Children and adults were delighted to hug and kiss a series of NSSD service dog while learning more about service dogs and fundraising to support more service dogs for veterans.

News & Events


Mouth-Watering Elks BBQ in Lakeside

Come to the Elks Club BBQ for great food and fun! TIME: 11:00am to 2:00pm. LOCATION: 11633 Woodside Ave, Lakeside, CA 9204 $2.00 of each meal will be donated to NSSD to support service dog training and the veterans they serve. Thank you, Elks Club!

Celebration for 10 Graduating Service Dog Teams

Since May 2015, six service dogs (Trixie, Moose, Anita, Sammy, Patsy, and Billy) graduated and four more service dogs (Bart, Macy, Gucci, and Velo) are graduating on December 5th. We are celebrating these graduations as a special event at Next Step Service Dogs Training Center from 9am to 11am. It has been a wonderful year for all of these service dogs and their veterans!

NSSD Christmas Party!

A extra special party with games, gifts, a Santa visit, and more ... for our veterans, their dogs, and their families, and trainers and supporters. A most merry time will be had by all!

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