Freedom Service Dogs of America: Celebrating 30 Years of Transforming Lives

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Freedom Service Dogs of America. In 1987, FSD was founded by Michael and PJ Roche. Michael was a paramedic who was paralyzed when his ambulance was broadsided. Wanting to remain as independent as possible following his devastating accident, he and PJ trained their rescued border collie, Oreo, to be Michael’s service dog. Michael and PJ realized that shelter dogs had the potential to make great service dogs for individuals with mobility impairments, and created the legacy for what would become Freedom Service Dogs.

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