Clients are given the option to fundraise to cover their tuition fee for team training (the 2.5 week class they take to learn how to work with their assistance dog before taking the dog home). The cost is $5,000, which is only a small part of the nearly $30,000 that it takes to raise, train and place each assistance dog. You can help by donating all or a portion of the tuition by choosing your client's name on the donation form.
Hi I'm Liz.
I have a Masters in Public Health, a beautiful 4 year old daughter, and the world’s most supportive husband who literally has never let me fall. love to spend time with family, hike, travel, read, and knit.
Two years ago, I developed a sudden and debilitating form of Dysautonomia called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) that causes me to faint up to 5 times a day. I have come a long way in my journey in reclaiming independence. A sweet service dog would allow me to have the confidence to go more places and do more things by myself, to stay with me when I faint, to help me pick up things I may drop, and to help counter the effects inherent to my condition.
I'm looking forward to being a more active mom and one day get back to the work I love.
Thank you for your support.
Elizabeth (Liz) A.
My name is Damon Woodley, and I am a physical therapist. I am also the Director of Rehabilitation at NHC-Parklane in Columbia, which is a skilled nursing facility that serves 170-plus patients and residents. Some people come to our facility for a short period of time for rehabilitation as patients, and some people live here as residents.
Our facility tries to create a pleasant, home-like atmosphere for our patients and residents, and I feel a PAALS facility dog will enhance their experience. Through the facility dog’s unique training, the dog can participate in patient treatments to engage our patients differently and provide new and varied treatments to improve their rehabilitative process. The dog will help improve patient morale and encourage patient participation. Furthermore, the dog can help engage our facility’s residents in activities or just visit them in their rooms to lift their spirits.
With the help of a PAALS facility dog, I hope to improve the quality of life for all our patients and residents.
My name is Marlayne
I graduated in 2018 from USC Aiken with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. This was one of my major goals and I’m proud to have achieved it. I’ve had learning disabilities throughout my school life, but during my college years, I developed psychogenic non-seizures due to several traumatic events. Psychogenic non-seizures look just like typical epileptic seizures and they can happen at any time and anywhere with no warning. I did a full psychological evaluation and to my surprise, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 24.
I’ve always felt over stimulated in crowded places, causing me to avoid them. I always wear my headphones and listen to my music as a coping mechanism to keep me reassure and not anxious. The Autism also is why I do other self-stimulation when I’m really excited or anxious with my repetitive behaviors. I see a service dog helping me gain my independence back and less anxious. I feel like the service dog will lessen my meltdowns and let me depend less on the use of my headphones. I feel the service dog will give me back my confidence and to help me with any opportunities when interacting with people and the road recovery for my psychogenic non-seizures to someday go away.
My name is Brian and I am a disabled veteran. I am married with 3 children. In 2006 following a 20-year career in the US Air Force, I retired from active duty. During my time in the military I was in law enforcement and had the opportunity to travel to 37 different countries while supporting operations such as Restore Hope, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle.
Over the past 13 years since my retirement, I have developed various debilitating illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Peripheral Neuropathy, Perineural Cysts, Osteoarthritis in my spine and Sciatic Radiculopathy in both legs. Unfortunately, these illnesses (especially PTSD) have taken from me the enjoyment of my independence. The idea of having a service dog in my life to act as a partner assisting me with tasks such as socializing and helping me to pick up shoes, socks or keys would open the whole world back up to me. I sincerely feel a service dog partner would help bring me the independent life I once knew and loved.