About Us

PAALS Mission

PAALS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to enriching and empowering children and adults with physical disabilities and social needs by training service animals and providing animal assisted educational and recreational activities.


Who we are. What we do.


At PAALS each puppy is nurtured with love, trained by professionals and partnered with passion.

Gary & Spirit

PAALS trains animals to assist people with varying abilities to live more independent and enriched lives by providing them with assistance dogs. Some of our specially trained canines are taught to turn lights on and off, tug open doors, pick up dropped items and alert for help to assist individuals in wheelchairs. Other dogs go on to assist children with autism and soldiers with PTSD to accomplish therapeutic and real life goals.

During the two-year training period required to produce a service dog from a puppy, PAALS also provides programs for underserved youth, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Some examples of programs that use puppies and dogs in training include a summer camp that brings youth and individuals with disabilities together for assistance dog training, outreach visits to retirement homes and educational programs for youth.

Fast Facts About PAALS

  • PAALS is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • PAALS was founded in 2007.
  • PAALS places service dogs in all of South Carolina and areas of contiguous states located within 230 miles of Columbia, SC. (PTSD applicants must reside with 120 miles of Columbia, SC)
  • PAALS is the only Assistance Dog International (ADI) accredited organization based in South Carolina.
  • PAALS is a founding member of Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII).

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