PLATINUM2023

Your Service Dog Inc

Creating Full Potential Service Dogs

KETCHIKAN, AK   |  yourservicedog.org

Mission

Your Service Dog Inc is dedicated to enhancing the Quality of life for people with disabilities by helping them to train or otherwise obtain a Service Dog Partner which performs to the Dog's full potential in order to provide superior Canine Assistance as well as providing services to Service Dog handlers to help the Handler learn to attain their full Human potential by utilizing Canine Assistance.

Notes from the nonprofit

We strive to continue to assist disabled people everywhere to Train Their Own Full Potential Service Dog at an affordable cost. To this end we place Fully Trained Service Dogs and Partially Trained Service Dogs with suitably matched Clients at a cost of $0.00 to the disabled Client who, very often, because of their financial situation, would not otherwise be able to afford the Service Dog they need to help mitigate their disability, and by so doing we help them grow to their Human Full Potential by assisting them to Train their Own Full Potential Service Dog

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Lelah Sullivan

President

Lisa Settles

Main address

P.O. BOX KXA

KETCHIKAN, AK 99950 USA

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EIN

83-0615863

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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

The supply of Service Dogs to the disabled at present is not meeting their needs. Your Service Dog Inc strives to address this need and ensure that each disabled person (in need of a Service Dog) has the opportunity to have a Service Dog who helps mitigate their disability regardless of their financial situation.

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?

Program 1 - Handler Training

Our aim is to enable people with disabilities to have the skills and support necessary to train their own Service Dog Partners. We offer an online school, and hands-on or online training with a professional trainer. Sliding-scale scholarships are available for the online school to those who are eligible.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

Your Service Dog Inc’s Fully Trained Service Dog Program places Fully Trained Service Dogs with disabled clients who for various reasons are not able to train their own Service Dog.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

Your Service Dog Inc's Prospect Evaluation and Placement Program selects suitable candidate puppies (or sometimes mature dogs) from shelters, rescues, or donated canines. During the evaluation period, the dog lives with and is cared for by a YSDI Evaluator as we assess the dog's suitability while s/he is taught the Basic Foundation Skills course at Your Service Dog School.


Those puppies and Dogs who make it through the Evaluation period of our intensive training Program and are deemed suitable candidates to be placed as Service Dog In Training Prospects are then placed with a carefully selected compatible Human Partner at a cost of $0.00 to the person with a disability who is receiving the dog.


The puppies or dogs who don't make the grade in our Program are placed as Emotional Support Animals or Companion Dogs.
Our program seeks to help disabled people everywhere strive to reach their Full Potential by utilizing Canine assistance to mitigate their disabilities. As part of this endeavour, we assist them in in every way we can to train their own Full Potential Service Dog.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

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 service dogs trained and placed

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

Health

Related Program

Your Service Dog Inc’s Fully Trained Service Dog Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Your Service Dog Inc’s Fully Trained Service Dog Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We strive to help our clients reach their Full Human Potential by utilizing canine assistance and assisting the Handler in Training Their Own Full Potential Service Dog.

We aim to have a footprint in each of the states in the USA. We have already begun to build a Volunteer Force to this end and have at present a virtual footprint in over half the States.

We believe that as an organization we can do this. We hope to have a footprint in each state in the USA and people working on the ground and holding events in many of these States within the next 5 years. We are at present well on the way towards reaching this specific goal.
We aim to grow by at least 100 students at Your Service Dog School in 2023. We will continue to grow in the years that follow, through our advertisements and the quality of the service we provide - this is a conservative estimate of our expected growth.

We were once, not so long ago, just one lady with a desire to see people in need of a Service Dog be able to afford to have one. That lady was our Founder, and in the beginning, she worked alone, training and assisting clients to Train their own Full Potential Service Dog. As time went by, she discovered that the need was so great that she needed the help of volunteers. Initially, some volunteers gathered around Lelah to help her in her endeavor, and in 2018 the organization of Your Service Dog Inc became a reality and a Nonprofit 501c3
Since then, we have opened an online school that assists our clients in training their own Full Potential Service Dog. Today, Your Service Dog School has four Trainers and Your Service Dog Coach Lelah Sullivan assisting Evaluators and Handlers through the various courses at yourservicedogschool.com.

We are also placing Service Dog in Training Prospect puppies and Dogs with Evaluators and Handlers. We have trained five Fully Trained Service Dogs to date who are ADA compliant and performing the necessary tasks for their Handlers to mitigate their Handlers Disability. We have also assisted in the training of well over a Thousand Service Dogs to date.

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, We don't exclude anyone

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

    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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Your Service Dog Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lisa Settles

Your Service Dog Inc

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Della Coburn

Your Service Dog Inc

Term: 2022 - 2024

Della Coburn

Lelah Sullivan

Cassandra Woodard

Mary Walshe

Lisa L Settles

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 ? 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 7/2/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.