The New Hampshire Coalition for the Support of Service Dogs was established in 2018 by Brendan Madden to help people provide their working dogs with the best quality of life possible. We are a 501(c)(3) IRS-recognized nonprofit organization.
NHCSSD founder Brendan Madden received his first service dog, Japhy, in 2005. Not only is there a lot to know when it comes to caring for a service dog, there are a lot of expenses—monthly flea and tick treatments, heart worm pills, yearly vaccines, proper grooming to keep the dog healthy and comfortable, additional care as service dogs age, and unexpected expenses along the way.
When Brendan looked for help when it came to caring for Japhy, he was unable to find anything. “The only organizations I was able to find were for training and placement. That’s why I created this organization, so that there is something out there to help people with their service dogs!”
Brendan also saw a need to increase awareness about the importance of service dogs, the essential tasks that they do for their owners, and the many services they provide. It was this need that led to the concept of a statewide coalition of businesses. With each business having a unique voice and audience, the potential for outreach is exponential as the network grows.
While Japhy has passed on, Brendan created the NHCSSD logo in his honor, and you will find photos of Japhy throughout our site!
NHCSSD Mission Statement
The mission of the New Hampshire Coalition for the Support of Service Dogs is to create a statewide network of businesses and individuals willing to offer some sort of support to service dogs and their owners. Our initial focus is on outreach and awareness, answering the questions and concerns of service dog owners while educating businesses, landlords, and the general public on the importance of service dogs.
Our future goal is to connect service dog owners across the state with quality vets and groomers in their area and to provide financial assistance to service dog owners, helping qualified individuals with the cost of veterinary care, medicines, and food.
By building a network of support, education, and outreach, we will create a friendlier environment for service dog owners while helping them provide their working dogs with the best quality of life possible.
Contact us to learn more about the New Hampshire Coalition for the Support of Service Dogs or if you would like to find out how you can help us in our mission.