TAILS OF VALOR PAWS OF HONOR PROGRAM INC

aka Tails of Valor   |   Coopersburg, PA   |  tailsofvalor.org

Mission

Tails of Valor®, Paws of Honor, Inc (TOV) was established in 2014 with a mission to provide rehabilitation through non-medicinal therapies. Our animal assisted therapy rehabilitation programs provide social interactions and human/canine bonding resulting in service dogs able to assist with the physical and psychological issues affecting our Veterans and their families. Our canines can enhance a therapeutic environment which will reduce friction caused when experiencing social activities, thus leading to increased communication and focus. Our staff provides support needed for positive physical and mental health social interactions during training sessions with our canines, all of who are named in honor of a fallen soldier. Support for Veteran and canine are life long.

Notes from the nonprofit

Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor’s (TOV) mission is to provide rehabilitation through non-medicinal therapies by training service canines for Veterans suffering from PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and Physical Disabilities. TOV provides struggling Veterans with trained companions who aid and assist in their daily routines, improving the quality of life. Our Canine Connections CPS program provides our Veterans with social interactions and human/canine bonding resulting in service dogs able to assist with the physical and psychological issues affecting our Veterans and their families. In 2021 Tails of Valor® developed a new community outreach program to incorporate further outreach of our service provided for our Veterans by embracing collaborative efforts utilizing our animal assisted therapy programs. Journey with a Purpose® is a therapy program designed to touch countless lives including children through motivational enhancement, inspirational routines.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder

Heather Lloyd

Program Administrator

Tracy Hausknecht

Main address

PO Box 127

Coopersburg, PA 18036 USA

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EIN

81-1221443

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Services (D60)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

OUR MISSION’S SUMMARY Change is necessary for growth and improvement.... Tails of Valor®, Paws of Honor, Inc (TOV) was established in 2014 with a mission to provide rehabilitation through non-medicinal therapies. Our animal assisted therapy programs provide social interactions and human/canine bonding resulting in service dogs able to assist with the physical and psychological issues affecting our Veterans and their families. TOV’s Canine Connections is open to veterans from the community seeking to improve their quality of life by experiencing the warmth and patience of a non-judgmental partner. Our canines can enhance a therapeutic environment which will reduce friction caused when experiencing social activities, thus leading to increased communication and focus. Our staff provides support needed for positive physical and mental health social interactions during training sessions with our canines, all of who are named in honor of a fallen soldier.

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?

Canine Connections

TOV’s Canine Connections is open to veterans from the community seeking to improve their quality of life by experiencing the warmth and patience of a non-judgmental partner. Our canines can enhance a therapeutic environment which will reduce friction caused when experiencing social activities, thus leading to increased communication and focus. Our staff provides support needed for positive physical and mental health social interactions during training sessions with our canines, all of who are named in honor of a fallen soldier.
Each particular activity, command or exercise, taught to the canine during their journey of 16-24 months of training, correlates to symptoms, known or unknown, to the participant. All our dogs learn more than 100 exposures of everyday living, over 30 commands and tasks that are specific to their Veteran. Upon completion of their training (1,500-2,000 hours), these fully-trained ADA guideline service dogs are given at no cost to a Veteran.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

In 2021 Tails of Valor® developed a new community outreach program to incorporate further outreach of our service provided for our Veterans by embracing collaborative efforts utilizing our animal assisted therapy programs. Journey with a PurposeTM is a therapy program designed to touch countless lives through motivational enhancement, inspirational routines and unconditional positive support. By adding more healthcare facilities interested in embracing our non-medicinal approach to therapy we will be able to expand the education of our services.
This new program will be able to provide several levels of exercises for all that participate. These exercises will focus on providing a positive physical and mental health interaction. The opportunities to expand our services are endless and will be life supporting for the human and the canine and can be offered as an adjunct to a clinician’s health plan.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Veterans
Families
Non-adult children
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Community Star Award to Founder/Executive Director Heather Lloyd 2018

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

Bulldog Awards - Game Changer of Life 2020

B Braun Medical, Inc.

Affiliations & memberships

Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers (formal therapy integration Phila + Coatesville, PA) 2018

Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center (therapy integration) Phila + Coatesville+Lebanon, PA 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 dogs in animal assisted therapy program

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

Veterans, People with psychosocial disabilities, People with physical disabilities, Military personnel, Families

Related Program

Canine Connections

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our service dogs in training start at a young age & receive more than 1,500 hours of specialized training- they provide animal-assisted therapy to Veterans through our TOV® Canine Connections program.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

People with other disabilities, People with physical disabilities, People with psychosocial disabilities, Veterans

Related Program

Canine Connections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The program's success is driving demand for outreach of services. Expansion of our campus was needed due to COVID restrictions on Federal grounds in 2020 adding more dogs and counselors

Number of veterans with PTSD served

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

Health, Families, Non-adult children

Related Program

Canine Connections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our animal-assisted therapy improves Veterans' mental and physical health and quality of life by providing positive, goal-directed therapeutic canine interactions with the guidance of a Peer Counselor

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

TOV’s Canine Connections is open to veterans from the community seeking to improve their quality of life by experiencing the warmth and patience of a non-judgmental partner. Our canines can enhance a therapeutic environment which will reduce friction caused when experiencing social activities, thus leading to increased communication and focus. Our staff provides support needed for positive physical and mental health social interactions during training sessions with our canines, all of who are named in honor of a fallen soldier.
Each particular activity, command or exercise, taught to the canine during their journey of 16-24 months of training, correlates to symptoms, known or unknown, to the participant. All our dogs learn more than 100 exposures of everyday living, over 30 commands and tasks that are specific to their Veteran. Upon completion of their training (1,500-2,000 hours), these fully-trained ADA guideline service dogs are given at no cost to a Veteran.

In 2021 Tails of Valor® developed a new community outreach program to incorporate further outreach of our service provided for our Veterans by embracing collaborative efforts utilizing our animal assisted therapy programs. Journey with a Purpose™ is a therapy program designed to touch countless lives through motivational enhancement, inspirational routines and unconditional positive support. By adding more healthcare facilities interested in embracing our non-medicinal approach to therapy we will be able to expand the education of our services.
This new program will be able to provide several levels of exercises for all that participate. AAA (animal assisted activities) will provide enjoyment with stress mitigation from medical conditions or procedures and help to divert depression or anxiety with social interactions and AAT (animal assisted therapies) will provide relief from compassion fatigue, social support, self regulation and physical stimulants. Both exercises will focus on providing a positive physical and mental health interaction. The opportunities to expand our services are endless and will be life supporting for the human and the canine and can be offered as an adjunct to a clinician’s health plan.


The following video provides an intimate view into the work we do:
https://vimeo.com/393009825/063fd078eb?fbclid=IwAR3o2sJG8ep6lGyzqWlczcoW7mD_S2o3G2T4x60I7_gd903439pr-IPVcGo

Dedicated TOV staff and volunteers bring tremendous experience to our mission.
* TOV Founder and entrepreneur, Heather Lloyd, has an extensive background with 10 years in the medical field and over 27 years working with animals.
* Professional licensed administrative support has been strengthened to bring attention to our mission.
* More than 50 active volunteers provide assistance with training, fundraising and education events. Puppy sitting and puppy raisers also provide loving interactions with our pups as they experience the home-life and daily exposures.
* A strong TOV Board supports our mission with diverse backgrounds in veterinary care, the armed services, marketing, and fundraising.

Since TOV inception:
* Successful graduation/pairing of 40 service dogs with Veterans suffering from PTSD or TBI. These Veterans participated in our year long rehabilitation program learning a better quality of life, living with a service dog.
* Formal recognition and integration of TOV Canine Connections animal-assisted therapy at the Philadelphia, Coatesville, and Lebanon, PA VAs--the FIRST service dog organization to work in the VA Medical Centers in PA.
* Co-authored "Guidelines of TOV Animal Assisted Therapy" protocol with Coatesville behavioral team, and will be contributing to the research/study of the efficacy of AAT for Veterans with PTSD.
* TOV has touched more than 7,000 between our collaborative effort partnerships with healthcare and educational facilities including the expansion of our training campus and adding our professional offices .
*Referred by social workers and mental health professionals.
* Established a clinical education affiliation with Moravian College's School of Nursing, Mercy School for special learning, adult aging facilities and more...
* Offering free osteopathic medicines for our Veterans
*Launching our first animal therapy program with Mercy School for Special Learning - working with children with special needs

Financials

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Operations

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

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TAILS OF VALOR PAWS OF HONOR PROGRAM INC

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brian Staub

Tails of Valor

Term: 2019 - 2024


Board co-chair

Heather Lloyd

Founder

Term: 2014 - 2024

Heather Lloyd

Founder

Russell Armstrong

Verus Pet Foods

Kara Ballek

Creekview Veterinary Hospital

Allison Lyon

Walmart

Diane Horan

Retired

Colleen Krcelich

Self Employed

Brian Staub

USMC Veteran

Joseph Nardo

Retired

Michael Yemola

TC Bank

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 6/27/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/27/2022

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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.