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Tom Coleman

Tom Coleman

$226.00 raised
GOAL: $350.00

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  • donated 2020-02-25 16:10:34 -0600

  • donated 2020-02-25 16:08:32 -0600

  • published Honoring Henry 2020-02-09 07:17:47 -0600

  • published Australia Emergency Rescue Fund 2020-01-07 12:39:57 -0600

     100% of your donation brings Australian animals to safety.

    Pawsitivity is suspending all regular fundraising efforts in order to rescue the animals hurt by the wildfires in Australia. These animals are running for their lives, with no access to food or shelter. 100% of your gift will fund emergency rescues, shelters, and animal hospitals in Australia bringing injured and homeless animals to medical attention and rehoming them to safe areas—and for every animal that is rescued, other resources are opened up to help people.

    Donate today to rescue the animals impacted by the Australian wildfires.

    Your donation will help save the animals that are displaced and hurt--and your gift is 100% tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your support.




    Your support will make the difference that can save these animals' lives.


    Donate today to save the animals hurt and displaced by the Australian wildfires.

  • published Veteran Scholarship 2019-08-21 20:46:54 -0500

  • published Become a Puppy-Raiser in Volunteer 2019-07-12 15:25:46 -0500

    Become a Puppy-Raiser!

    Raise a puppy, change a life. It takes a special person to puppy for at least 18 months, to properly socialize the puppy and give it lots of love, and do all this while knowing that the dog will later be specially trained for a family in need.

    Are you ready? Requirements:

    • You must live in the Minneapolis/St Paul, MN metro area.
    • Someone in the home must be at home during the day.

    Also, you must:

    • Be 18 years of age (or have parents fill out this form). In other words, if you are a student or living with your parents, please have your parents fill out this form.
    • Work closely with Pawsitivity and send in monthly reports.
    • Be willing to return the dog upon request.
    • Fill out an application (which we will email to you).

    If you are interested in volunteering to be such a hero, please contact us! 

    Sign up

  • published Hoow do you train your dogs? in FAQ 2019-04-13 16:43:36 -0500

    How do you train your dogs?


    We have a whole page on how we train service dogs. We think you'll love this page.

  • published Do you have a general dog care FAQ? in FAQ 2019-04-13 16:40:12 -0500

    Do you have a general dog care FAQ?


    Yes--Here is a general dog care FAQ we wrote up for new dog-owners.

  • published Home 2019-03-29 18:53:38 -0500

    Pawsitivity Service Dogs is a nonprofit charity organization on a mission to rescue dogs and train them as service dogs for both veterans and civilians with disabilities, including: 

    AutismPTSDepilepsy, and psychiatric disabilities

    Impact Assessment

    Donors: Pawsitivity is the only service dog nonprofit to have its outcomes assessed with an independent third-party Impact Evaluation.


  • published Holding Down-Stay at Kung-Fu in Blog 2019-03-02 19:35:20 -0600

    Holding Down-Stay at Kung-Fu

    Palmer held her Down-Stay for an hour-long Kung Fu class, so as a reward, she got petting from a little girl!

    King fu practice

  • Incredible video about police and what they go through

    From retired police officer Steve Warneke comes an an incredible presentation about PTSD, LEDS, and what these brave police officers go through daily.

  • published Apply 2018-12-20 16:02:46 -0600


    Do you have a service dog available to be trained for me now?

    • No, we don't have a service dog available now (sorry).
    • If you check back on this page, however, we will announce when the next dog is available to apply for (about twice a year).

  • donated 2018-12-19 12:33:18 -0600

  • published Fees in FAQ 2018-12-16 14:58:25 -0600

    Is there a fee for getting a service dog from Pawsitivity?



    Short answer: Yes.

    Long answer: For any organization, the approximate amount spent on rescuing, socializing, training, and placing, and then providing a decade of support for a service dog throughout its life is $39,000 [1]. This amount is approximately the same for ALL service dog organizations. Some organizations do all the fundraising (but have long wait lists). At Pawsitivity, we raise half, and we ask that your responsibility is to the other half of the costs, which is $19,500. As one of our board members once said, “Half the fee, seems fair to me.”

    If you do not have the resources, i.e. savings, for your half, we totally understand, and in that case, we highly recommend another organization which is ten times as large as us: Canine Companions for Independence--their area code is 740 and their phone number is 833 - 3700. Note that while CCI does all the fundraising, that means that their waiting list is many years long. 

    Are service dogs tax-deductible? Yes--the fee for a service dog is a tax-deductible medical expense.

    How the process of getting a service dog goes:

    1 - Pawsitivity works with rescues and shelters across the country to find that "1-in-a-thousand" dog that tests as being appropriate for training. Check out our page on "Breeds" to find out more about the difficulties of finding the right candidate dog for training! We find that our selecting and training the dog works better than having us (or you) train your current pet dog.

    2 - Once we have spent a month or so evaluating the dog and confirming that his/her suitability for training, then we open up the application process for people to apply. You can check this page for announcements when we open up for applications (about twice a year).

    3 - When we find who we believe might be a good fit for the dog we're working with, we contact that person for an interview. If everything works out, we the train the dog (and the person). We fundraise half the cost of training, and your handler's fee is the other half.

    4 - Even after graduation, we are available for questions and advice.

    [1] Coutts, Jason. "Cost of Canine Programs Across the United States." Syracuse, New York: American Society of Canine Trainers, 2012: 24.

  • published Theory of Change in About Us 2018-11-30 11:53:25 -0600

    Theory of Change

    What is your Theory of Change?

    Note: A theory of change is a graphic that shows how the nonprofit’s program works. The theory of change gives the 'big picture' of how a nonprofit’s programs work, and summarises the work at a strategic level (while our logic model illustrates the implementation). Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning programs are directed by the organization’s Theory of Change.

    You may also download the black and white PDF document.
    Theory of Change for Pawsitivity Service Dogs

  • published Financials in About Us 2018-11-30 11:01:17 -0600

    Financials for Donors and Grantmakers

    Pawsitivity has used a grant to hire an independent evaluator to create an Impact Evaluation so you can know how your donations impact people in need.

    • This Impact Evaluation shows exactly how these special dogs transform the lives of their families.
    • Pawsitivity is the only service dog organization in the U.S. to conduct an independent Impact Evaluation to prove that your donations are providing a high Return on Investment.




    Pawsitivity Service Dogs is a 501(c)(3) charity duly registered in the state of Minnesota and receives no federal or state funding. We rely primarily on individual contributions to provide specially-trained service dogs to people with disabilities.

    All Pawsitivity's annual reports include detailed financials such as SOP, SOA, and SFE. The following is a summary of the key elements of the 2018 report:

    • What percent of Pawsitivity's 2018 expenses were admin and developmental expenses? 13% and 6%, respectively, which Minnesota's Charity Review Council considers the top standard.

    • What is Pawsitivity's EIN? 47-146634. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

    • How long has Pawsitivity been in business? Since 2012, receiving 501(c)(3) status in 2014.

    • What is Pawsitivity's contact info: Pawsitivity Service Dogs, 197 Griggs St N, St Paul, MN 55104. 651-321-3647,,

    Other key financial measures

    • Pawsitivity has a 33.2% Operating Reserve, which is over three months of liquid unreserved net assets (LUNA). This high Primary Reserve Ratio confirms that the organization’s resources are flexible enough to support its mission.

    • Pawsitivity consistently keeps a remarkable 0% Debt Ratio (zero liabilities and no interest expenses), which contributes to a high Viability Ratio. In other words, the nonprofit’s finances have a great deal of resiliency.

    Donate today!

    Your contribution will help rescue dogs to rescue people.

  • donated 2018-12-23 18:51:15 -0600

  • What is your Impact of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts Policy?


    Amended 6/23/17

    In support diversity, equity, and inclusion, the nonprofit reflects and includes the population it serves, including race/ethnicity, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and military status.

  • What's the difference between Standards, Tests, and Tasks?


    Pawsitivity pre-screens, selects, and trains each Service Dog to perform specific tasks for a specific individual with a disability. Pawsitivity gives each dog an in-depth health screening, including neutering or spaying, if needed. After training, each Service Dog must pass a public access test. This test ascertains that the dog can handle the stress associated with functioning as a Service Dog in public.

    Specifics of the test:

    • The Service Dog must tolerate public areas including stores, malls, movie theaters, grocery stores, public transportation, trains, airlines, work, and other places that do not welcome pets.

    • The dog must not eliminate indoors or in an area that is not suitable for the dog to do so.

    • The dog must walk calmly on leash.

    • The dog can be safely loaded and unloaded from a vehicle.

    • The dog must let handler recover the leash if accidentally dropped.

    • The dog must be comfortable in narrow aisles. 

    A Service Dog must be able to perform specific tasks for the person with a disability. Examples of these tasks include protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person to take prescribed medications, turning on lights, and opening doors. Additionally, a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, for instance, may have several of these disabilities, plus they may experience disabilities unique to them, so each Pawsitivity trains each Service Dog with the individual's needs in mind. 

    Not directly tested, but additional benefits:

    Along with the above elements that Pawsitivity directly tests during training, Service Dogs often provide several additional benefits and they may:

    • Serve as a “social bridge”, facilitating social interaction for the handler.

    • Provide a calming presence and increase confidence.

    • Provide safety and security.

    • Reduce emotional agitation.

    • Give a sense of pride and purpose.

    • Aid with everyday social challenges.

    • Help lower overall stress levels (for both the child and their parents).

    • Help the handler gain success and independence.

    • For children, having a Service Dog often decreases the child's meltdowns and other disruptive behaviors, as well as bring improvements in their performance of daily routines and more social interactions.


    "One family visited Disney World because the presence of the Service Dog meant their daughter could cope with the long car ride to Florida and was able to take in the new environment without being overwhelmed. Other families reported that ferryboat rides, airplane flights, weekends spent at a cottage, and hotel stays were all more manageable with the assistance of the Service Dog. For many of these parents, sending their child to day camps or overnight camps with the dog was the first step in giving themselves some respite from the constant demands of care for their child".

    "Sentinels of Safety: Service Dogs Ensure Safety and Enhance Freedom and Well-Being for Families With Autistic Children", Kristen E. Burrows, Cindy L. Adams, Jude Spiers, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2008.

  • What is your Policy for Off-site Client Accommodation?


    The organization does not provide off-site client accommodation, but if the organization did, the accommodation would be accessible, comfortable, and clean.