Pawsitive Teams Inc

Together We're Better

San Diego, CA   |  www.pawsteams.org

Mission

The Mission of Pawsitive Teams is to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs who live in San Diego County by using the skills of highly-trained service and therapy dogs.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Eileen Dolores Heveron Ph.D.

Program Director

Ms. Margery Squier

Main address

7031 Carroll Rd

San Diego, CA 92121 USA

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EIN

33-0851474

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Service Dog Training

Pawsitive Teams trains and places Service Dogs as partners for persons with mobility-limiting disabilities, with the ultimate goal of giving these individuals greater independence. Our pups are raised and trained in the homes of volunteer trainers and receive training in real-life settings on a daily basis. Our dogs are never kenneled. Identifying the right dog with the right partner involves matching the skills and personality of the dog with the needs and lifestyle of the individual. Transitioning the dog to the disabled handler is a 5 to 6-month process involving customized one-on-one instruction led by the trainer of the individual Service Dog. Since its inception we have trained a total of 35 service dogs, of which 16 are still active and 19 are retired or deceased. It has also trained 11 facility dogs, of which 4 are working and 7 are retired or deceased.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Paws'itive Teams currently has 8 certified Facility Dog Teams. Facility Dogs receive the same basic training as Service Dogs but are better suited to placement with able-bodied professionals to accomplish specific therapeutic goals. Our current teams are working in the following settings: ► San Diego Unified School District - ""Sunny"", a golden retriever, goes to work with an Adaptive Physical Education Teacher who teaches children in the SD Unified School District who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. ► Grossmont Union High School District - ""Higgins"", a black labrador, goes to work with an Adaptive Physical Education Teacher who teaches children in the Grossmont Union High School District who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. ► San Diego County Court System - ""Dory"", a golden/lab cross goes to work with a police officer in the San Diego Police Department and is used as emotional support for children who have to appear in court.► Polinsky Children's Center - ""Otis"", a golden retriever, goes to work with a Play Therapist at the Polinsky Children's Center, where abused and neglected children are taken when it is not safe for them to stay with their caretakers. ► Balboa Naval Hospital - ""Leo"", a yellow labrador, goes to work with a Clinical Psychologist who works with service men and women suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other forms of trauma. ► Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center - ""Christa"", a yellow labrador, goes to work with a program administrator at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center in central San Diego and spends her day bringing happiness and increased well-being to disadvantaged seniors. ► Rincon Middle School Escondido - ""Gracie"", a yellow labrador, goes to work with a Special Education Teacher who works medically fragile children. ► O'Farrell Middle School San Diego - ""Sejera"", a golden retriever, goes to work with a Social Worker who works with children seeking assistance in the Family Support Division.

Population(s) Served

The Paws'itive Teams PAAT Program (Paws'itive Animal Assisted Therapy), currently has more than 50 certified teams working with professional therapists in the following programs: ► Abraxas High School (Poway) - PAAT Therapy Dog Teams work with transition students, ages 18-22, who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. Some of the students are working on verbal skills, trying to speak more clearly, while others work to develop greater range of motion. ► Clairemont High School (San Diego) - PAAT Therapy Dog Teams work with two distinct populations at this site: medically fragile students and students with communication challenges. ► Rincon Middle School (Escondido) - PAAT Therapy Dog Teams work with medically fragile students with a range of disabilities. ► Military Community Reintegration Program - Our PAAT Therapy Dog Teams work with outpatient active-duty injured service members (Marines, Navy, and Army) from the Balboa Navy Medical Center with the primary goal of giving these young men and women the support, encouragement, and confidence to enable them to reintegrate into civilian life. ► Victim/Witness Support Program - This program provides hand-picked PAAT certified handler and therapy dog teams to many courtrooms throughout San Diego County to give young children a sense of safety and calm as they face someone who may have perpetrated against them or someone they witnessed being harmed. ► At-Risk Teen Program: In this program PAAT Teams work one-on-one with troubled teens using certified therapy dogs to help reduce problem behaviors. This partnership is conducted with qualified therapists, social workers, public defenders and probation officers who work directly with troubled teens and refer participants to us. Our six-week program is conducted in two venues; the Paws'itive Teams Training Center in the Miramar area and at an alternative high school in the San Diego Unified School District.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Students
Teachers

Paws'itive Teams' Therapy Dog Prep School consists of 6-week classes that prepare owners and their dogs for involvement with animal-assisted therapy programs. This extremely popular program, which has graduated over 500 owner/dog teams since its inception in 1997, has generated many long-term supporters of Paws'itive Teams and has produced a number of handler/dog teams who have joined the Paws'itive Teams PAAT and Personal Paws Therapy Dog Programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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Pawsitive Teams Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jean Gertmenian

Retired businesswoman

Term: 2020 - 2020

Arthur Brauner

Paws'itive Teams

Ruth Hayward

Retired

Margaret McCahill

Retired

Susan DeRose

Retired businesswoman

Jean Gertmenian

Retired businesswoman

Eileen Heveron

Pawsitive Teams

Steve Stargardter

United States University

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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