Human Services

Pawsitivity

Rescuing Dogs to Rescue People

aka Pawsitivity Service Dogs

Saint Paul, MN

Mission

Pawsitivity's mission is to rescue dogs and then train them as service or therapy dogs (“Pawsitivity Dogs") for children and adults with developmental, psychological, and/or physical disabilities.

Ruling Year

2014

Executive Director

Mr. Tom Coleman

Main Address

197 Griggs Street N.

Saint Paul, MN 55104 USA

Keywords

service dogs, assistance dogs, autism, epilepsy, diabetes, disability, disabilities

EIN

47-1446634

 Number

4148916314

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Problems: 970,000 US Military Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffer from PTSD and other post-combat disabilities. A person with autism or epilepsy is 400% more likely to die in any given year. 1,2000,000 unwanted dogs are killed in the U.S. each year. The Solutiion: Pawsitivity works on all these problems simultaneously. We rescue dogs and train them to be loving, loyal Service Dogs for people with disabilities, focusing on children with autism. When a dog is not appropriate for a child with autism, we train the dog for someone with a different disability.

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 Placement Program

Family Dog Program

Public Education Program

Public Education Through Coloring Book

Public Education Through Textbook

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Total number of new organization members

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

New supporters, as measured by newsletter recipients. Measurements started in mid-2014 and indicate strong growth and support.

Number of periodicals distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Facebook/Twitter posts, with measurements starting in mid-September 2014. Social media is one of Pawsitivity's best ways of showing our transparency of our methods, and followers are intensely loyal.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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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?

Pawsitivity's short-term goal is providing trained service dogs with 100% satisfaction rate. Our long-term goal is to provide service dogs to families with no regard to resources.

Pawsitivity's programs and activities are threefold:

Service Dog Placement Program (primary program):
Mission: To adopt unwanted dogs and train them as service or therapy dogs for individuals with developmental, psychological, and/or physical disabilities.
What we are measuring: The number of dogs successfully trained and placed with a handler.
How the program is doing: We have trained and placed 16 dogs so far.

Public Education Program (secondary program):
Mission: To raise public awareness through informational and educational activities regarding the purpose and function of service dogs, the benefits they provide to their handlers, the needs of people with disabilities that can be addressed with a service dog, and the rights and responsibilities of service dog partners under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The target group is local school children who have expressed an interest to their teachers about the work of service dogs.
What we are measuring: Number of lectures and Q&A sessions given annually.
How the program is doing: Two presentations in 2013, four in 2014, two in 2015, one in 2016. Groups ranged from eight to sixty students, and the feedback was very positive, with presentations always going over the allotted time because the children asked so many questions.

Family Dog Program (program is developed as needed):
Ensure that any Pawsitivity Dog candidate who is deemed unsuitable for service dog work, or that any returned or retired Pawsitivity Dog, is adopted to a good home. The families who adopt these dogs benefit from the training the dogs have already received, not only by way of emotional support, but also by adopting an adult dog that does not have major behavioral or health issues but didn't meet the very high level of standards a service dog requires.
What we are measuring: Percent of dogs adopted to families as a Pawsitivity Family Dog.
How the program is doing: 100% placement. One in 2012, one in 2013, one in 2014, one in 2015, one in 2016.

We are a small organization with only one full-time staff member, so we train two to three service dogs per year.

In addition to measuring the number of dogs placed and the number of public presentations, we wish to improve the quality of life of Service Dog recipients as measured by the Health-Related Quality of Life measures (HRQOL) developed by the Centers for Disease Control, available at http://www.cdc.gov/hrqol/hrqol14_measure.htm. Using these HRQOL metrics, we measure the recipient's quality of life before placement of the service dog and then again six months after placement. This metric is also supported by a home visit by staff. As with all Pawsitivity dogs, staff will continue to follow up with the family for the lifetime of the dog. Pawsitivity staff Tom Coleman and Julie Coleman will evaluate the work. We keep and study the before-and-after evaluation results to use for future families that Pawsitivity will work with.

We have expanded from training one dog at a time, to training two dogs (and evaluating a third) at all times.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Affiliations & Memberships

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Assistance Dogs International (ADI)

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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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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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

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