Our Affiliations

“You are known by the company you keep.”
(Moral of an Aesop’s Fable)


PAALS is proud to be a member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI). In fact, we are the only ADI member based in South Carolina. As certified member of ADI, you can be assured that our dog training and raising processes meet the highest possible standards.

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of not for profit assistance dog organizations. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of assistance dogs, staff and volunteer education, as well as educating the public about assistance dogs, and advocating for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs.

ADI has a comprehensive accreditation system and members have to be regularly assessed to ensure they meet the high standards expected of assistance dog programs.


PAALS is also proud to be a founding member Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII).  Our Executive Director, Jen Rogers, is a member of the AAII Board.

AAII focus on individuals and organizations who include animals in their healthcare, social service, and educational interventions and practices. All AAII members are professionals insofar as they are all experienced and skillful in their field, maintain a practice of minimum standards and participate in continuing education.

Many of PAALS innovative programs have been shared and adopted by other AAII members. PAALS continues to be a leader in incorporating service dogs in training into new and pioneering programs of Animal Assisted Activities, Animal Assisted Education, Animal Assisted Interventions and Animal Assisted Therapy.