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PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES

aka PAALS, PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES

Columbia, SC

Mission

PAALS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to enriching and empowering children and adults with physical disabilities and social needs by training service animals and providing animal assisted educational and recreational activities.
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Ruling Year

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Jennifer A. Rogers

Main Address

221 N. Grampian Hills Rd.

Columbia, SC 29223 USA

Keywords

assistance dogs, service dogs, facility dogs, ptsd dogs, mobility dogs, veterans dogs

EIN

20-8666026

 Number

3044080711

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Fully trained service dogs provide invaluable assistance to a variety of individuals including children with autism, veterans with PTSD and individuals with mobility issues. The demand for these trained animals significantly out paces the supply. PAALS raises and trains as many service dogs as we can given our funding to help fill this demand. These well trained dogs are provided at no cost to the individuals who receive them. While service dogs are in training, they participate in a number of animal assisted education and intervention programs for veterans and children, such as PAALS Patriots and Summer PAALS Day Camps. In addition, there is a great lack of understanding in the general public about what service dogs provide their clients and about the Americans with Disabilities act in general. PAALS provides hundreds of presentations to civic, religious and social organizations each year as part of our education outreach.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Service Dog Training

Animal Assisted Intervention and Education

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

Presentations made to civic, social, professional and religious organizations and participation in community events such as Kid's Day, Advocacy Awareness Day, etc.

Number of applicants applying for service dogs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Service Dog Training

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Service Dog Training

Number of new donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Service Dog Training

Number of participans in AAE/AAI programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

PAALS Patriots for canine and equine therapy for veterans with PTSD. Summer PAALS Day Camp, After School PAALS, School PAALS and Reading PAALS for children.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

1) Place as many service dogs with deserving individuals and families as our financial resources allow. 2) Provide Animal Assisted Education and Intervention programs to veterans and children using our service dogs in training 3) Educate the general public about service dogs and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We provide information about our services and programs through a variety of social media, web and printed materials as well as earned media through press releases and partnerships with local media organizations. These same sources are our outreach for fundraising. We ensure our standards are high by being an accredited member organization of Assistance Dogs International and we expand the breadth and depth of our programs through our membership in Animal Assisted Intervention International. We now have a dedicated training facility with four full time, paid trainers as well as hundreds of volunteers to assist with raising and training our dogs and performing our programs. We have also developed a very good pipeline of puppies from good breeding lines through our outreach and association with a number of service dog breeding organizations. We also participate in an international database for the breeding and tracking of service dogs.

Full time training facility Four full time trainers Hundreds of volunteers Partnership with the South Carolina Department of Corrections for utilizing inmates for service dog training (Prison PAALS) Partnerships with over a dozen veterinarians to provide comprehensive reduced cost (or free) care for our dogs Full time Development Coordinator for fundraising development and outreach

The number of service dog teams we place each year The number of AAE and AAI programs we perform each year and the number of participants in each The number of community outreach events we participate in each year and the number of participants in each The number of new volunteers each year and the number of volunteers who have been with us for multiple years Retention of trainers and other staff

Two years ago we were finally able to move our organization our of the Executive Directors home and into a stand-alone training facility. From starting with one full time and one part time trainer, we now have four full time trainers. From less than a dozen volunteers, we now have well over 300 volunteers. We have placed nearly 100 dogs in various service roles. We have expanded from one AAE/AAI program annually to six programs annually. Our funding has increased from under $50,000 per year to over $350,000 per year.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc.

Assistance Dogs International Inc.

Affiliations & Memberships

Assistance Dogs International (ADI)

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Financials

PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Disability

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