learn moreAbout Our Mission
We are a Maine 501(c)(3) that funds adoption and training costs for Service Dogs and Survivors. This includes spaying/neutering. We match the appropriate dog with their survivor and place the team in a 20-week training program together. This training transforms the dogs from ordinary, shelter dogs into highly trained, "medical equipment" that offer both survivors and their dogs a new lease on life.
The TeamMeet our amazing staff.
Simone is a mother of two, a Army veteran, and founder of Service Dog Strong. She is leading her dream to bring dogs together with assault survivors. Before starting a family, Simone was a massage therapist. She is a published writer who is working on writing a book about her own story now. She truly believes acts of kindness can change people’s outcomes and change the world. Dogs have always been a huge part in her life and having her current service dog Gunner, has led her to pursue her dream to help assault survivors like herself.
Kristen lives in Denmark ME with her husband, two dogs and one cat. After attaining a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work Kristen has the passion, education, and experience in helping people by coordinating client centered programs and life skill learning opportunities. Combining her two loves, dogs, and helping others, it is a dream come true to be the Co-Founder of Service Dog Strong. As a fellow sexual assault survivor it is through empathy, grit, and compassion that she plans to support both people and dogs through this journey.