Human Services

Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc.

  • Solana Beach, CA
  • www.tenderlovingcanines.org

Mission Statement

We transform lives with service dogs.


Main Programs

  1. At Ease Service and Facility Dogs
  2. POOCH
  3. Leash-On-Life Service and Facility Dogs
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

San Diego County, California and within 60 miles of Ione, CA.

ruling year

1999

Executive Director since 2017

Self-reported

Mrs. Victoria Cavaliere

President since 2009

Self-reported

Mrs. Karen Shultz

Keywords

Self-reported

assistance dogs, service dogs, disability, disabilities, autism, veterans, wounded warriors, PTSD, TBI, facility, TLCAD

Notes from the Nonprofit

Rescue Acquisition Program (RAP)

In 2013, TLCAD laid the groundwork for our Rescue Acquisition Program. TLCAD will be partnering with local shelters, foster and rescue organizations, to rescue dogs that have the right health and temperament for Service Dog work. After a thorough assessment process, TLCAD will adopt dogs with the potential for this work and train them to become Service Dogs. If a shelter dog does not become a Service Dog due to health, temperament, or behavior, TLCAD will find a loving forever home for the dog.

TLCAD recognizes that thousands of dogs are killed daily in shelters, despite being excellent training candidates for careers in Service Dog work. At the same time, the demand for Service Dogs for individuals with autism and Wounded Warriors exceed the number we can supply. The purpose of the Shelter to Service Dog Program is to meet the needs of individuals with autism and Wounded Warriors in need of a Service Dog, by rescuing shelter and rescue dogs, and training them to become Service Dogs. Benefits to training and utilizing Shelter Dogs for Service Dog work include:
1. Less time is involved in training and placing adult dogs. In the traditional model, it takes up to two years to raise and train purebred puppies.
2. Less expensive to select and train shelter dogs than to raise and train purpose-bred puppies.

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Also Known As

TLCAD

EIN

33-0809688

 Number

2742909348

Physical Address

11440 W. Bernardo Court Suite 300

San Diego, CA 92127 8513

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Autism (G84)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

TLCAD has been effective in fulfilling our goals by expanding our training department and partnering with a local prison in our Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) program. Inmates learn positive reinforcement training methods and train our dogs to become service dogs. This allows us to place more dogs with individuals in need, at less cost and in a shorter time. It also allows us to give back to and better the community.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

At Ease Service and Facility Dogs

This program was developed to help Wounded Warriors (active duty service members or veterans) with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or mobility issues. Our Service Dogs are custom trained to help Wounded Warriors mitigate their disability and address challenges that may inhibit them from functioning independently in their family and community. Our Service Dogs open doors both literally and figuratively for our Wounded Warriors. To see how our At Ease Service Dogs impact the lives of Wounded Warriors, please see the story of Jesse and Jag:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCUoKpbPAQs
In addition to dogs that are trained to assist an individual, TLCAD also trains Facility Dogs to serve the needs of many Wounded Warriors. These highly specialized dogs assist professionals who provide treatment Wounded Warriors in outpatient clinics and at military hospitals.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Military/Veterans

None

Budget

$72,583

Program 2

POOCH

The Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) Program is designed to meet the increasing demands for Service Dogs within San Diego County, while providing an opportunity for education, rehabilitation and community improvement within the prison system.

Research demonstrates that inmates who train service dogs are less likely to re-offend. By utilizing positive training methods, inmates are learning not only how to positively and effectively train our dogs, but how to more positively and effectively interact in their environment and with others.

"The POOCH Service Dog Program is the perfect nexus of benefiting the local San Diego community by providing service dogs for wounded warriors and children with autism, saving dogs from euthanasia, giving our staff the opportunity to become a volunteer for the program and providing incentives and rehabilitation opportunities for our inmate population." – Warden Daniel Paramo

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Adults

Budget

$72,583

Program 3

Leash-On-Life Service and Facility Dogs

According to the CDC (2015), autism in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. This program addresses the rising prevalence of autism and trains service dogs to assist with the challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Leash-On-Life matches service dogs with individuals with autism to assist with a variety of behaviors including safety, social, communication and adaptive skills. The result is powerful and transforms the lives of these individuals and their entire family unit. Independence and problem behaviors in public venues and within the family unit have been measured and shown improvement in autism service dog placements. To see how our Leash-On-Life Service Dogs impact the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, please see the story of Garrett and Ruby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjsAenxJous.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Budget

$72,583

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of dogs placed as certified service dogs versus previous years

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Number of certified service dogs graduated and working with client with PTSD or on the autism spectrum.

2. Number of months required to train a service dog

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Average number of months to train the dogs that year that were placed with a client.

3. Percent of inmate participants in POOCH who reoffend

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Inmates who are released that reoffend.

4. Number of lives affected by placement of a certified service dog

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Determined by the individual who receives the dog, family members, work sight employees, community members, therapy staff working with client.....

5. Number of working service dogs still working 5 years after certification

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Determined by the total number of TLCAD working service dog teams still working 5 years after graduation.

6. Number of recipients with service dog that are able to return to school or the work force

Target Population
Military personnel

Connected to a Program?
At Ease Service and Facility Dogs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Number of service dog teams whereby recipient with PTSD is able to return to school or the work force.

7. Number of service dog recipients able to reduce hypervigilance and reaction to triggers

Target Population
Military personnel

Connected to a Program?
At Ease Service and Facility Dogs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Those clients with PTSD who reduce over reaction to outside sensory stimuli/triggers.

8. Number of service dog recipient families who are now able to go into public as a family unit

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Includes both clients with PTSD as well as those families affected by autism that are now able to go into public venues as a family unit.

9. Number of inmates in POOCH program who exhibit rule compliant behavior.

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
POOCH
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Number of inmates in POOCH program that follow rule compliant behavior.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    TLCAD is aiming to train and place more service dogs to meet the needs of those with autism and Wounded Warriors in the San Diego County communities. The goal is to have 24 dogs in training in 2018, tripling our present count. By assessing and adopting shelter and rescue dogs for service work and partnering with prisons to utilize inmates to train service dogs, TLCAD will also be able to transform the lives of homeless dogs, help to rehabilitate inmates and better the community in general.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    TLCAD's strategies to meet our goal include utilizing and replicating evidence-based prison trainer programs, while expanding the training department with highly qualified staff. TLCAD has also developed strong partnerships with local shelters and adheres to the best practice for screening shelter dogs. Lastly, TLCAD staff continues their education to learn how best to train and place a larger number of service dogs with individuals with autism and Wounded Warriors.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    TLCAD capabilities for meeting our goals include strong partnerships with breeding cooperatives, local shelters, prison partnerships, having qualified professional training staff, and the support of autism and Wounded Warrior agencies.
    Grant funding geared toward the expansion of our training department to obtain, train and place more custom service dogs ensures that TLCAD is capable of meeting its costs and goals. Competent staff develop partnerships and implement our programs, to include training dogs and inmates, and the placement of dogs with individuals with autism and Wounded Warriors in San Diego County.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Progress indicators for TLCAD include: the number of dogs placed each year, the number of lives effected by our dogs and programs each year, the number of dogs in training each year, and the number of dogs rescued from shelters each year.

    TLCAD is also measuring the effect a service dog has on reducing the symptoms of PTSD and tracking inmates participants released from prison, to measure success of the POOCH program.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    TLCAD has launched two prison training programs but is still seeking to expand the program to other local prisons or facilities that rehabilitate at-risk and youth populations. TLCAD has made contact with local organizations that are interested in replicating this beneficial program and will continue to explore potential partnerships.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

San Diego County, California and within 60 miles of Ione, CA.

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Funding Needs

The cost to Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs to train & place service dogs for wounded warriors and individuals with autism can be as much as $28,000 per dog. These costs are not passed on to the service dog recipient, TLCAD only charges the recipient of a service dog a $500 placement application processing fee. TLCAD's greatest funding need is for general operations, programs staff and care costs for the dogs.

Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc.

Assistance Dogs International Inc.

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TENDER LOVING CANINES ASSISTANCE DOGS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Victoria Cavaliere

President

Mrs. Karen Shultz

BIO

Victoria Cavaliere, KPA-CTP, has been with TLCAD since January 2013, as her way of giving back to the community. Her love of dogs and passion for making a difference, prompted her to join the TLCAD team in February of 2014. She started as a volunteer trainer and became the Training Director and later Programs Director. Victoria has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and is a Certified Training Professional (CTP) from the Karen Pryor Academy for dog training. Her extensive background in technology and business management have helped make TLCAD successful in the expansion of new and existing programs. She led the establishment of the POOCH (Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Hope) program in 2014, which has been very successful. She was promoted to the Executive Director position in January 2017.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Karen L Shultz President

No Affiliation

Term: Aug 2009 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity