News & Updates

Weekend Foster Training Class Scheduled

An training class for volunteers interested in becoming Weekend Fosters is scheduled for the weekend of September 9th – 11th at the PAALS facility located at 221 N. Grampian Hills Rd., Columbia, SC 29223. (Click the headline for more information.)

Volunteer Orientation Scheduled

An orientation session for new volunteers is scheduled for August 30th from 6PM to 8PM at the PAALS facility located at 221 N. Grampian Hills Rd., Columbia, SC 29223. (Click the headline for more information.)

Updated: Support PAALS at Columbia Fireflies on 9/2

Cutoff date for purchasing tickets is noon on Wednesday, 8/31/16. On 9/2, PAALS will be the featured non-profit at the Fireflies game versus the Charleston Riverdogs. Tickets are $7 with $2 of each ticket going to PAALS.

2015 Annual Report Now Available

Read PAALS 2015 Annual Report online by clicking the title of this post. You can also download a copy to read offline if you prefer.

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Celebrating The Service In Service Dogs

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.  These empowering dogs deserve to be honored and recognized for the life-changing gifts they provide. Whether they serve as a person’s eyes, ears, hands, safety […]

Happy Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom

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 feels like. Honestly, it is a gradual time period of reviewing the past to come full circle to the […]

Leading The Way To Diversity in New Mexico

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 Competency Program offered by Georgetown University. Selected as one of thirty participants, from all over the world, I have been taking […]

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PAALS website will be down for maintenance Labor Day weekend
We will be performing a complete update to from 5PM on Friday, 9/2, until sometime on Monday, 9/5. The website will not be accessible during this time period.
Check in starting around noon on Monday to see the new
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