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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A training class for volunteers interested in becoming a Weekend Foster is scheduled for the weekend of November 2nd– 4th at the PAALS Training School located at 221 N. Grampian Hills Rd., Columbia, SC...

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...

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....

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...

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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