Isaac’s Community Night Fundraiser

On 7/5/17, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Isaac’s Restaurant (Lititz location) will host a fundraiser to aid Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA. Bring your family and friends to enjoy great food, while supporting PAD! Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total cost of your meal will go directly toward the the training and care of Phoenix Assistance Dogs’ in training! Each Assistance Dog costs $20,000 to train but PAD only charges the disabled partner $1,000! Help us by dining out with the flier below:



2016 End of Year Donations


As 2016 comes to a close, many individuals are deciding who to make their end of the year donations to.  All of us at Phoenix Assistance Dogs would be honored if you chose us for your donation.  We are a small federal non-profit (27-1914137) and our mission is to locate and train puppies to become assistance dogs for individuals living with a broad range of disabilities, who are unable to train their own assistance dogs. Highly trained assistance dogs provide greater independence in the lives of those individuals living with disabilities. PAD also assists individuals in finding and training their own assistance dogs if they desire to train their own dog.  In 2016 we had many wonderful placements we want to share with you!


Nick and ESA PAD Nantucket & Jonathon and ESA PAD Athena

Spring 2016 held two special Emotional Support Animal placements.  PAD Nantucket and PAD Athena both work in home providing daily emotional support for their partners.  Depression, anxiety, autism and other disabilities can lead someone to want the comfort and companionship of an Emotional Support Animal.  PAD’s ESA’s are trained to <CGC standards or higher and provide constant emotional support in their partners home.

This summer PAD Marcus and PAD Fisher started their assistance dog partnerships with two young women.  After their basic training, they completed Advanced Training where they perfected more than 30 cues and learned all of the necessary tasks they’d use to help their partners.  Team Training began on August 1st for Leah and PAD Marcus and Charlotte and PAD Fisher.  This intensive 15 day comprehensive training taught the teams to work together safely both at home and in public!  At the end of Team Training both teams had to pass our Public Access Certification which they will retake to continue to ensure the teams effectiveness and safety!

Leah and PAD Marcus are back in Laguna Niguel, California and just attended a multi day <EDS conference together!


Charlotte and PAD Fisher

Your end of year donation will go directly towards our future placements and is fully tax deductible.  We are 100% volunteer based and strive to keep costs very low for our teams.  Raising 1 Assistance Dog costs PAD $15,000 but each partner only pays $1,000!

  • $5- cost of training treats
  • $10- cost of bowls for new puppy in training
  • $15 – cost of one vaccine
  • $20 -cost of leash and collar for new dog in training
  • $25- cost of heartworm and flea and tick for a month for a dog in training
  • $50- cost of food for a puppy in training for a month
  • $200 for cost of hip X-rays for dog in training
  • $ any amount will help towards vet bills



Monday is Cyber Monday Online Auction with 175+ items!

Kick Start Your Holiday Shopping!


This Monday is our annual Cyber Monday Online Auction with over 175 incredible items to bid on!

Join us online ( this Monday from 11am to 11pm to shop!  Shopping is easy, simply post your bid with you email address as a comment on the photo!  And 100% of proceeds benefit Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA and are fully tax deductible!

We have incredible items from Burt’s Bees, Benebone, Starbucks, Troeg’s Brewery, and so much more!

PAD’s Patriots


We are proud to announce PAD’s Patriots – assistance dogs for the dedicated U.S. Military Veterans that live with disabilities.  Whether the Veteran is living with a physical disability or PTSD, all of us at PAD are grateful for their service and want to give back by providing them with a highly trained assistance dog.


Disabled Veterans receive their PAD Patriot assistance dog for only $500 and are always placed at the top of the waiting list.  If you know of a veteran in need, feel free to direct them to our website.


PAD’s Patriots can be trained to:

  • Open/Close Doors
  • Enter a room & Turn on Lights
  • Locate Help
  • Search for & Guide to Exit
  • Search for & Guide to Vehicle
  • Retrieve Medication
  • Much, much more!

Board of Directors

President – Linzey Zoccola  – Dog Trainer On Wheels <Linzey Zoccola is a technology dependent, power wheelchair user living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. After receiving her first service dog in 2001 she became an active volunteer in the industry. Linzey has attended many Clicker Expos (innovative animal training expo), and various other training seminars by leaders in the industry such as Kathy Sdao. Linzey has volunteered with Penn State Medical School as a patient in the annual Patient Project since 1998. She was an intern prior to becoming the Puppy Program Coordinator at Susquehanna Service Dogs from 2006 until 2009 when she founded Phoenix Assistance Dogs.

Treasurer – Elizabeth Barna  – Trailblazer


Elizabeth Barna has led an accomplished life both professionally and personally all while leading the path as an individual with a disability. She was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in 1982. Elizabeth used the assistance of two service dogs from Canine Partners for Life from 1994 until 2012. Elizabeth graduated from Immaculata University in 2003 with a BA in English and a minor in Communications. Upon graduation in 2003, Elizabeth moved in with her fiance, Joe, and began working with JEVS Human Services. In 2013, she left JEVS to teach her son full time at home. In 2004 Elizabeth’s lifelong dream, something every doctor said couldn’t be done – happened when she gave birth to her healthy baby boy, Max. Max is a bright and eager 10 year old and Elizabeth’s pride and joy. She currently volunteers as a moderator on social media for Phoenix Assistance Dogs.
Secretary – Gail Diem  – From Babies to Puppies, She’s Got Ya Covered


Gail Diem has more than 20 years of experience on numerous committees for the Muscular Dystrophy Association including Parent Advisories, Shamrock sales, Gala’s, 16 years of Ride For Life chair member, and 16 years on local Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon committees. Beginning in 1998 Gail built an in-home Daycare which was a 4 Keystone STAR facility from the ground up. While in the field still, Gail earned her Early Childhood and School Age Professionals (CKC)/ Pennsylvania Big Ideas Framework (Big Ideas) and Individual Professional Development Plan for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals (IPDP) certificates. From 2001 – 2009 Gail raised more than 10 puppies for Susquehanna Service Dogs. In 2008 Gail left the early childhood industry in order to care full time for her daughters medical needs. She has raised 6 dogs for Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA.

Officer – Dr. Amanda McKenna Lee, OM  – Doctor by day, outdoor enthusiast by night, and overall dog lover.


After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, Dr. Amanda Lee continued on to her Pediatric Residency at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Lee, who is bi-lingual in English and Spanish is thriving as a Pediatrician at Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic in Toppenish, Washington. In her spare time she loves cooking, traveling the world, and hiking and camping with her two rescue dogs Suki and Gauro.
Officer – Jill Tice  – Mom by Day, Dog rescuer by Night.


Jill Tice is a leader in the rescue world. As founder of the PA chapter of Pet Matchmaker Rescue, established in 2003, Jill has pulled and saved over 2,000 dogs from death row. Jill has donated more than 5 puppies to Phoenix Assistance Dogs and continues to evaluate for future candidates. Jill and her husband are raising their 2 boys and enjoy participating in their sporting events!
Officer – David Zoccola – He’s got a Tune in his Heart and Pup in his Home


David Zoccola attended Millersville University from 1975 – 1981 and has extensive background in reading classical music. He has developed a private piano studio which he has run for 30 years full time, and although it is for all ages and skill levels, he excels with students with a variety of disabilities, especially autism, and young children. David Zoccola has an extensive amount of experience in performing including church organist for 3 years, over 1,000 gigs as a solo pianist performing all styles, and five year member of a local New Orleans style band which gives him a great deal of public relations knowledge. David also runs a full restoration, rebuilding, and tuning piano service. David and his wife are Breeder Care Takers for Phoenix Assistance Dogs.

Dine at Isaac’s For PAD!

If you’re local to Lancaster, dine with us on Wednesday, March 11th from 5pm – 9pm at Isaacs (4 Crosswinds Drive, Lititz, behind Pizza Hut!) and 25% of your bill to be donated to our program!  Take out and gift cards purchased during that time also count!  Don’t forget your voucher though – only diners with our voucher count!

LPN Stephanie Merrell sees first hand how assistance dogs benefit her patients:

Service dogs have played a vital role in creating independence in many of my patients. People without disabilities often take for granted small things, like being able to pick up something they’ve dropped. Without a service dogs assistance, this can be an insurmountable task for someone with a disability. Not only do they provide comfort and companionship, but they help instill confidence that their owner can achieve both large and small daily living tasks.


To download and print, right mouse click and go to file, print!  The fliers are double sided and 2 per page, so invite a friend – please!

What will your donation go towards within PAD?  PAD is 100% volunteer based, meaning your donation goes directly towards our dogs in training and not a salary!  Some of our costs are:

  • $150 one year of flea and tick prevention medication for one service dog in training
  • $120 one year of heartworm prevention medication for one service dog in training
  • $275 to spay or neuter and microchip one service dog in training
  • $250 for hip and elbow x-ray evaluations for one service dog in training
  • $30 for one service dog in training harness (including patches)
  • and many, many more!

Last time we raised almost $400 at Isaacs!  Let’s try to raise $500 this year!