Animal related

ALL AMERICAN ASSISTANCE DOGS

Providing Service Dogs to Veterans*

aka www.aaadogs.org   |   Federal Way, WA   |  www.aaadogs.org

Mission

The mission of All American Assistance Dogs (AAADogs) is to provide fully trained service dogs to veterans (any war) with PTSD, TBI or related injuries at virtually no charge to them. Our service area is western Washington state.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Robert Thayer

Vice President

Susan Evans

Main address

P.O. Box 4883

Federal Way, WA 98063 USA

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EIN

46-5407698

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Veterans in service are becoming injured with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries and after mustering out of service are not able to live their life they want or had in the past because of their injuries. All American Assistance Dogs has a mission to provide service dogs to provide the tasks the veteran needs, from waking them from night terrors, to assisting with crowd control if the veteran needs, to mobility assistance as some of the veterans also have physical injuries. The dogs give the veterans to go out in public, talk to people, including their family, and begin to resume the best life they can.

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

We provide service dogs and their training to qualified veterans

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$40,000

Provide service dogs to veterans with PTSD, TBI or similar

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$50,000

Provide training to veteran owned dogs to become service dogs provided the dogs is of suitable temperament

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$50,000

Where we work

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 qualified veterans that apply for a service dog

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

Veterans

Related Program

Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All American Assistance Dogs has grown tremendously in the last year and increased our outreach.

Number of veterans paired with service-dogs in training

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

Veterans

Related Program

Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AAADogs was incorporated in 2014. In 2019, a number of veterans that applied had dogs of their own they wanted trained, so they are not part of this metric.

Number of veteran - service dog-in-training teams that graduate into service dog teams

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

Veterans

Related Program

Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is accomplished by the Veteran and Service Dog passing the Canine Good Citizen test (AKC) and the Public Access Test.

Number of veteran - service dog teams that continue to receive support from AAADogs

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

Veterans

Related Program

Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most veterans continue to live in the service area of western Washington State. However, a few receive training and then because of other veteran benefits or life decisions move out of service area

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

In 2020 our goal is to increase the number of veterans with service-dogs in training and graduating service dog teams. Our goal is also to help all of our Veteran-Service Dog teams through these trying times.

We are accomplishing our goals in four ways: 1. Increasing our outreach to veteran support groups and counselors for veterans with PTSD to identify more veterans that qualify and are interested in receiving service dogs. 2. Increasing our puppy finding efforts, as the puppies must be of the proper temperament and each potential puppy is tested over a one-hour time period. 3. Increase our efforts to obtain funding to support these efforts. 4. Keeping touch with all of our Veterans and their families. Doing our best to support them through these times of social isolation.

All American Assistance Dogs has an all volunteer board. We have increased the number of volunteers and have dedicated individuals to find reach out to veterans and their support groups, puppies, find foster families, and find additional funding. We have increased the capacity of experienced, professional training to have sufficient resources to provide all training needed. We have a core group of board members and volunteers who are reaching out to our Veterans and helping them in any way we can.

All American Assistance Dogs regularly monitors the number of veterans applying for dogs and the quality of the puppies. We regularly monitor whether we have sufficient foster homes, that they are providing proper fostering, and their satisfaction with the process and support they receive from AAADogs. We also regularly touch base with the veterans (and spouses) with service dogs-in-training and service dogs to ensure they have the support they need relative to their dogs and their well-being.

There are so many more veterans in western Washington state that have PTSD, TBI or similar that would benefit from a service dog. We need to increase our outreach and capacity to reach and serve those veterans. Additionally, one of our veterans has now become partially paralyzed and the service dog needs to receive considerable training to be able to be of service to his veteran, in addition to the support he already provides. Others face other medical challenges and we are providing support to the Veteran, family and service dog to help them maintain their connection during medical intervention. When the Veterans return home, helping them, their families and Service Dogs resume the connection and training.

Financials

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Operations

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

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ALL AMERICAN ASSISTANCE DOGS

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert Thayer


Board co-chair

Susan Evans

Debi Thayer

Sharonlee Nicholson

Robert Thayer

Susan Evans

Chris Paget

Bob Landowski

Karen Barnson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? 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? 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

Keywords

Veterans, Service Dogs, PTSD, TBI