PAALS facility offers room thanks to sponsorships


The Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS) recently announced that it will provide room as well as an outside recreational area thanks to sponsorships after a flood ruined the facility that was just opened for a training school last summer.

PAALS is a nonprofit business that now offers 16 available areas for sponsorship. Its nurse’s office, administrative office, and auditorium had previously received sponsorships.

To recognize the sponsors, there are custom-designed Palmetto tree plaques that show the sponsor’s name as well as wording that the sponsors themselves have chosen.

For $1,000 sponsorships could be for the doggie dorms, puppydrome, or principal’s office. The sponsors could also pay $10,000, dedicated to the playground area.

Since 2006, PAALS has been a local charity involved in the South Carolina community. The company was first based in a prison and the executive director’s private home. The purpose is to train service dogs and place them in homes where they can help people who have disabilities. With adequate service dogs, these people can enjoy more enriched, independent lives.

Eventually, PAALS experienced such high demand for service dogs that the organization outgrew the private home. The long-term ideal has been to develop a therapeutic environment so that people who have disabilities could experience programs and dog placements. Unfortunately, the renovation plans for the new facility were interrupted when a sewage flood ruined the building.

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