We are committed to enriching and empowering children and adults with physical disabilities and social needs by training service dogs and providing animal assisted educational and recreational activities.


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Next Drawing: April 11, 2018 Help finance the training of Service Dogs. Purchase a raffle ticket in PAALS 50/50 Education Lottery. Each ticket is $5 and can only be purchased online....

PAALS is always in need of many different items for dog training, facility maintenance and normal cleaning. We also still need quite a few items to continue the renovation and repair of the facility. Newly...

The rooms and exterior areas at PAALS facility need a name sponsor. You can sponsor a room to honor or memorialize an individual, family, group or just about anything. Whatever you select, you will leave a...

Do you know if your employer will match your donation to PAALS? You can now easily find out on our new Matching Donations page. Some employers will double or even triple your donation. Check it out by clicking...

Currently PAALS dogs spend their non-training time in a kennel. We would like to upgrade their lodgings to Doggie Dorms. You can help by becoming a Doggie Dorm Sponsor....

Many of our friends have chosen to support PAALS mission through sustained, planned giving; in other words, by naming PAALS as a beneficiary in wills and bequests. PAALS has created the Legacy Society as an...

Team training is the final step in placing a dog with a client and forming a new service dog team. Each graduating team is provided a Team Training Kit which contains many of the items the client will need to...

RoofMaster has generously agreed to be the PERMANENT sponsor for repairs and renovations to the roof of PAALS facility and training school. Learn more about what Roofmaster offers....

Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend, and close member of their family...

Dear Casper, These past two weeks I have had a great deal of time to ponder and reflect with heartfelt happiness! So much happens in our lives in such a short time; the last six years passed so quickly. It...

Service dogs transform lives; for me, I have been fortunate to experience firsthand three times, the power these creatures have in enhancing independence in the lives of individuals with disabilities. ...

As another Independence Day approaches, I fondly look back over the past six years of time together with Casper. Many people have expressed to me a desire to know what the process of retiring a service dog...

Leadership is as unique to each individual as each service dog team. Casper and I had the opportunity to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico last week as part of the National Leadership Cultural and Linguistic...

Imagine not being able to go into your favorite store, utilize services for banking or paying bills, or not being able to get treatment from your doctor! As an individual with a disability myself, disability...

Imagine waking up one morning, and you're in another universe where everything is turned  upside down. The way you do things and the people in your life are completely reversed. That's what this past week felt...

Home is such a vital part of who an individual or creature becomes in life. It dawned on me over this past Easter weekend, how imperative life is when we can fulfill our destinies.  All of us become who we are...

Casper wants to give a special nod/ wag to family. Whether it is canine family, human family, or our PAALS Family, everyone has made a difference in our lives, and changed us for the better!...

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...there was a dedicated group of canine and human warriors alike. They lived in the PAALS sector of the region.”...

Casper wants to recognize sponsors this Wednesday. Without them, service dog programs like PAALS, would have a hard time thriving. Whether you're a name sponsor like our first Woofie, or a sponsor to the PAALS...

At eight years old, I remember my dad taking me fishing for the first time. Considering I have a rare neuro-muscular disability that impacts the use of my hands and legs, you may be wondering, “How was she...

Have you ever loved someone or something so much, and had to set them or it free? After much heartfelt consideration, and many hours of heavy contemplation, I have had to make the difficult decision to retire...

Our Programs

Prison PAALS
Prison PAALS

Inmates at two South Carolina prisons help train PAALS dogs while earning a Department of Labor certificate apprenticeship certificate.

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Summer PAALS
Summer PAALS

This day camp is one of only a handful of camps in the country that integrate assistance dogs in training with kids who have disabilities alongside kids who do not.

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Reading PAALS
Reading PAALS

Service dogs with their partners and service dogs in training encourage young children to practice their reading skills by reading to a non-judgmental dog from PAALS.

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School PAALS
School PAALS

PAALS partners with students throughout the year to work on service learning projects, scout projects, career days, etc.

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A Soldier’s Story

“Without RC, you wouldn’t be talking with me; you’d be talking about me.”
— First Sergeant Will Roberts with service dog RC

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