Hi! Lulie (Lucy Lou) here -- my sissy Penny said I need to handle more of our outreach for Penny & Lucy Lou Art. I guess I've been slacking, but I have been a busy girl you know -- that sun isn't going to soak in itself.
Anyway, I'm sending out this email to ask for your help. I have applied to be the Bark Brew spokesdog for PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services). __
PAALS was founded in 2007 to provide service dogs for people with disabilities in South Carolina and parts of North Carolina and Georgia. The onlyAssistance Dogs International-accredited organization in South Carolina, PAALS is a 501(c)3 charity that provides service dogs at no charge to veterans and other qualified applicants who have autism, disabilities that affect mobility, neurological disabilities, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Their doggies also work in facilities that serve people with disabilities including children's hospitals, special needs classrooms, long term care facilities, counseling services, services that help people who've experienced violence and trauma, and more.
They train each dog for two years at a cost of between $35,000 and $40,000 per dog. They train using only positive reinforcement. Even when a PAALS student does not quite meet the really high standards required for graduation as a service dog or is discovered to have a health issue, we try to place that dog with a family where there is a person with a disability or with a veteran.
In 2019, PAALS was named by the South Carolina Secretary of State as an Angel Charity. Given to only 10 out of 10,000 South Carolina charities annually, this distinction recognizes wise, careful use of donor funds.
We hope our sharing of this organization and Bark Brew contest will inspire you to give to them. I also hope to have my face on their Bark Brew! I am a German girl and do enjoy a few sips every chance I get!