Agr Foundation, Inc.

For all dogs and the people who love them

aka Sol Dog Lodge and Training Center   |   Tucson, AZ   |


Sol Dog Lodge gives dogs all breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments a place where their needs will be met with loving kindness and the highest professional standards. Our mission is to keep all dog in their home with the people who love them.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2023, the IRS status for AGR Foundation, Inc. was changed from a supporting organization to a regular non-profit organization.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Valerie D. Pullara

Main address

1895 W. Prince Road

Tucson, AZ 85705 USA

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NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over the years Sol Dog has worked with families to enhance the human animal bond. Through our training, boarding and socialization programs we have identified several programs that we could bring to our community to assist in strengthening the human animal bond and keep dogs from entering the already over-crowded shelter system. \n\nWe currently operate from a small facility and, while our current results far outpace the limitations of our space, we know the need is great and want to help many more human/dog families.\n\nTo that end, we have purchased 4+ acres of land in Marana and are in the final stages of raising Capital funds to build a full-service campus to help us expand services and programs to benefit children, adults, families and their dogs throughout the community. We expect to break ground and open our doors in early 2020.

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?

Hearts at Ease

Every year hundreds of dogs are surrendered into local animal shelters due to a temporary crisis in their human family. Our Hearts at Ease programs, developed in partnership with local agencies, will take in dogs temporarily to give much needed peace of mind to:

Hospital & hospice patients
Individuals affected by domestic violence
People in senior living care centers
People with other emergency situations

Once the crisis is over, humans and the dogs they love can be reunited. Dog owners can rest easy knowing that their best friends will not be lost, abused, or euthanized.

By providing a safe and caring environment for these dogs until their human companions can take them back, Sol Dog Lodge is able to reduce the number of dogs going into local animal shelters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

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Population(s) Served

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 animals rehabilitated

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

Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We were not in business in 2018, therefore we have no metrics to share. The programs we provide are geared to keep dogs out of the shelter system and with their families.

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.

With our new larger space on 4 acres we will have a variety of programs to help keep families and their pets together. \n\nOur space will be open to the community and we will be offering enhanced dog behavioral assessment and training, dog owner and family support to keep more dogs at home and out of shelters, short-term and long-term boarding plus Dog DayCamp. We will have educational programs including for children and families, Non-profit veterinarian clinic, providing full, low-cost veterinarian services- free spay/neuter clinics for low-income clients, memorial garden and other tribute features as well as community meeting and workshop space including commercial kitchen. Finally, our new campus will be situated on 4 beautiful acres that can offer the public open space exercise and recreational areas,\n\nWe currently can help 1,500 hundred families and dogs a year. With our new campus we will be able to assist over 5,000 families and dogs per year. Our business model is for sustainability. Our 3 year projections in our new center will give us the ability to be self-sustaining and not need to do fundraising. Our revenue will support or operations and programming.

Our strategies for making this happen include being able to serve more families through our programing, training and community outreach. These programs include:\n\nA variety of training programs for both the dog and the family. These can include DayCamp, Board and Train, Day train, Puppy Classes and children programming in conjunction with the Humane Society, school districts and other non-profits. \n\nHeartfelt Hounds Program:\nThis program matches people with disabilities with a service, emotional support, or residential therapy dog. We specifically focus on placing dogs with people who need assistance with mobility, stability, anxiety, medication reminders, and safer general awareness of the world around them. The program gives individuals with disabilities - including veterans - functional independence, improved quality of life, and the ability to live in a safe and healthy environment. \n\nHearts at Ease Program: \n- People with short-term medical emergencies who need to keep their dog safe until they are out of the hospital or rehab; assisted living programs\n- Victims of domestic violence who seek safety for their dog before they will seek safety for themselves\n- People in need of mental health services needing a safe place for their dog while in treatment\n\nHearts Together Program: \nPartnerships with other non-profit, community-focused animal welfare and behavioral health services working to keep human/dog families living happily and successfully together including,\n - Humane Society of Southern Arizona, PACC, ASAVET Veterinary Charities\n - Marana Health, Arizona Complete Health, HOPE AZ, COPE Community \n - Services, UofA Veterinary School

Sol Dog has been in business for over 5 years. We are 501(c)(3) non-profit, or what we call ourselves... "a for purpose" organization. Our staff and Board have over 50 years of combine experience in business management, business finance, dog care/operations, dog training and behavior modification, marketing and community outreach. \n\nMany of our staff and Board have worked for other large non-profits, city management, shelters, and dog training facilities. Many of us also serve on other non-profit boards, Government committees/boards, shelter/rescue community outreach service projects and health & wellness-senior care boards. \n\nWe are financially sound and work within our financial parameters and financial best practices. Our new facility will set the stage for us to be financially sustainable and not needing to rely on fundraising efforts going forward. This will allow us to support of community through our mission.

Even in the small humble space we currently lease, we have worked tirelessly to continue to grow our services, customers and program participants. We have expanded our Hearts at Ease and Service dog programming. We have increased our training staff to offer more programs to rescues, individuals and shelters to keep dogs with their families. Our space is our biggest hurdle so many times we can not help as many families and dogs that come and ask for assistance. \n\nWhat's next - to finish our capital campaign fundraising and build our new campus. Continue to build our deep partnerships with TC3, human services and senior care support groups to increase the number of people and dogs served.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Agr Foundation, Inc.

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Agr Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jean Williams

AGR Foundation, Inc.

Term: 2023 - 2026

Valerie Pullara

AGR Foundation, Inc.

Shelley Harris

AGR Foundation, Inc.

Marjorie Stiller

AGR Foundation, Inc.

Mary Flores

AGR Foundation, Inc.

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.