PAL’s vision is to make the world a better place for humans and other animals by connecting them in helpful, healing ways. Dog-and-handler teams visit with people at more than 100 host sites: hospitals, treatment centers, senior communities, memory-care facilities, homeless shelters, libraries, jails, offices, airports, public schools, universities. The pandemic opened PAL’s eyes to the magic of on-screen connections too: close to 1000 young readers have participated in “Read to a PAL Dog!”, with some sessions in Spanish – and “Spanish speaking” dogs. Seniors also enjoy on-screen visits and PAL is developing a program for children in pediatric hospitals. Following the January 6th insurrection, PAL dogs and handlers encouraged and consoled National Guard troops and Capitol Police. During the evacuation of Afghanistan, they comforted members of a round-the-clock task force. It’s all about the human-animal bond and generosity … toward all species.

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for People Animals Love is: Less than $500k

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