Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Serving Those Who Need Us Most

aka Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs   |   NAPLES, FL   |  www.goldenpaws.org

Mission

Mission and Vision Statement: Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes independence for combat wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs. Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs are always placed at no cost to those they serve. Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs provides education and community outreach in support of the mission through therapy and ambassador dog programs. Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a respected and sustainable organization that creates meaningful impacts for service dog recipients while making lasting contributions in support of our community and those we serve. Our extraordinary Goldens are the common denominator in all our work.

Notes from the nonprofit

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a respected and sustainable organization that creates meaningful impacts for service dog recipients while making lasting contributions in support of our community and those we serve. We provide education and community outreach in support of our mission through canine assisted therapy and ambassador dog programs. Our extraordinary Golden Retrievers are the common denominator in all our work.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Jeannie C. Bates

Main address

3645 Gateway Lane

NAPLES, FL 34109 USA

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EIN

27-3385763

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Florida has the 3rd largest wounded veteran population in the U.S. and is home to 300,000 veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The price they paid for our freedom has left our wounded vets with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorders and major limb amputations. The armed forces and its veterans have struggled with the scourge of suicide since the 9/11 terror attacks and the wars that followed in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 20 veterans a day kill themselves, according to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, putting them at 21% higher risk of suicide compared with civilian adults.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Service Dogs for Combat Wounded Veterans and Disabled Children

Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs raises, trains and gifts highly skilled service dogs to combat wounded veterans challenged by a physical disability or PTSD. Golden PAWS also considers children who have a life-changing physical disability.

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or take a specific action when needed to assist a person with their disability. Our two year training program ensures our highly skilled and intuitive canines meet the specific mobility assistance and other physical needs of each recipient including picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving items including medical supplies, carrying items and assisting with balance and stability. Golden PAWS provides our dogs at NO COST to the recipient, while committing to any other expense the recipient may incur in providing the dog a safe and secure home environment. Our goal is to ensure a healthy and productive life for the partnership.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

Golden PAWS brings specially trained therapy dog teams into the community to promote literacy skills and provide character and citizenship educational programs.

This program targets children ages 4-12, identified as educationally disadvantaged or exhibiting reading difficulties and in need of early intervention. With guidance from our volunteers, many of whom are former teachers, Golden PAWS dogs encourage struggling students to read to a non-judgmental friend, increasing their self-confidence and gaining academic traction which might not have been possible through traditional means.

As we began to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic our CLEPP teams of volunteers and Golden PAWS dogs are returning to many of our partner organizations as well as youth programs that are new to us. We anticipate as the 2022 academic year begins this coming fall we will be back to full capacity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Our fully trained and highly experienced GPACT teams participate in therapy sessions for adults and children in crisis at designated venues within our community and respond to crisis situations where the innocent become victims of tragic events. These human-canine interactions of GPACT teams become a conduit for a decrease in anxiety, a reduction in fear and relieve many symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

GPACT teams work beside therapists to share non-judgmental canine compassion and positive interaction in local children crisis care centers, substance abuse and addiction programs, senior assisted living and memory care facilities. During the COVID-19 pandemic we continued to stay in contact with our partner facilities via zoom calls, made "window visits" sent many cards with notes of encouragement and as soon as we were able, we resumed in-person visits. Post COVID-19 we are exploring ways to address the growing need for this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Substance abusers
Chronically ill people
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Voice in Recovery 2014

David Lawrence Center

Corporate Citizenship Award 2015

New Beginnings School

Purple Heart Facility 2020

Chapter 696 Military Order of Purple Heart

Affiliations & memberships

Purple Heart Facility designated by Chapter 696 Military Order of Purple Heart 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of service dogs trained and placed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Veterans, Age groups

Related Program

Service Dogs for Combat Wounded Veterans and Disabled Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On average the cost to train and place a Golden PAWS service dog is $40,000, which is 50% below the industry average. We have a 98% successful placement rate which is twice the national average.

Number of Student Contacts in Children's Literacy and Education PAWS Project

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

CLEPP - Children's Literacy and Education PAWS Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our success is not just measured by improved student performance, but also by positive feedback received from educators and the increasing number of requests for this program.

The number of volunteer hours in Community Outreach and service dog training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with physical disabilities, Age groups

Related Program

Service Dogs for Combat Wounded Veterans and Disabled Children

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These figures represent the number of hours volunteers have committed to service dog training and our community outreach programs.

Number of Contacts made by Golden PAWS Assistance Crisis Team participants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children, Chronically ill people, Substance abusers

Related Program

GPACT - Golden PAWS Assistance Crisis Team

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our fully trained and highly experienced GPACT teams provide canine assisted therapy in clinical settings and in emergency/crisis situations.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As our community grows, so does its needs. Requests for Golden PAWS Assistance programs are increasing beyond our ability to meet these requests.
Golden PAWS has a waiting list of elementary schools requesting our CLEPP program.

The growing need among veterans for highly skilled service dogs, combined with the tremendous support of the community has led to rapid growth.

Our goal is to increase our program capacity to serve these increasing needs.

Golden PAWS has embarked on a capital campaign with the goal of raising funds to construct a permanent home with room to grow. This state–of-the-art training facility will not only allow us to bring hope to more veterans who desperately need service dogs. It will allow us to increase the number of lives we can touch through our community service programs that bring our dogs’ therapeutic healing powers to those in need.

We continue to increase public awareness of our mission through community involvement and cultivating effective community partners. The strong relationships that we’ve built have translated into support for our goal of creating a sustainable future, for our community service programs as well as future partnerships of highly trained service dogs and American Heroes.

Golden PAWS continues to grow the breadth and size of our community service programs while training and providing, at no cost, skilled service dogs with exceptional emotional intelligence that enables them to better serve their partners.

Our reputation for exceptional canine-therapy programs in Southwest Florida is growing.
We have partnered with Florida's Southern Gulf Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide emotional support and comfort to disaster clients and/or first responders and disaster responders during natural disasters in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Board of directors
as of 07/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kyle Reed

Donna Sisia-Hagan

Kyle Reed

Stacey Moody

Ken Meyer

Jeannie Bates

M. Richard Mellon

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/12/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.