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OPEN MY WORLD PAWS WITH A CAUSE 2012 ANNUAL REPORT


If we had to define Paws With A Cause® in two words, they’d be: Enhancing Independence.

2012 Board Executive Committee Douglas J. Dok, Jr., Esq., Board Chair Jose Hernandez, Immediate Past Chair Dan Wiljanen, Vice Chair Mark Hunting, Esq., Treasurer David Christensen, Secretary James Hesseman, Board Member at Large Frank Jeffreys, Board Member at Large Full Board Members Charles Archie, Jr. Allen Armintrout Libby Child Carol Danhof Craig Niemann Judye Reed Michael Slack

OUR MISSION

PAWS® does this for our clients through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. But, through careful strategic planning and thoughtful stewardship, we’re also working to enhance the independence – the sustainability – of Paws With A Cause as an organization. Our efforts along both of those lines yielded successes in 2012, many of which are outlined for you in these pages. Most notably, by wisely managing our resources, we kept fundraising and administrative costs in 2012 at 13% of our overall budget. (The industry median is 20%.) We are proud that 87¢ of every dollar you donated last year went directly toward our mission work. Another, major boost to our sustainability as an organization came from the significant number of planned gifts we received last year. The impact of those bequests – ranging from about $2,500 to more than $1,000,000 – cannot be overstated. We can’t anticipate when such gifts will come, of course, but we are tremendously grateful for the generosity and forethought of all who remember PAWS through their estate plans. In the end, every accomplishment we highlight was a result of your support. In 2012, you helped breed 163 puppies and raise 146 puppies for training. You spent more than 12,000 hours training 172 dogs. You helped place 62 of those dogs with people with disabilities who needed them. You also gave ongoing support and services to more than 450 additional PAWS Teams. You changed lives – many lives, not just of our clients, but also of their families and friends – in 36 states across the country. You are PAWS. Thank you so much for being a part of our success in 2012. We hope you’ll stay with us in 2013, and beyond.

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy.

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Douglas J. Dok, Esq., Board Chair

Michael D. Sapp Sr., CEO


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CHANGE Photos by: Brian Kelly Photography

“LEWIS is a bridge from our son Elliot’s world to ours.” – Daniel, Elliot’s father In 2012, we introduced you to the Taylor family, whose oldest son, Elliot, has autism. Last June, the Taylors received LEWIS, a Service Dog for Children with Autism (SDA Dog), from PAWS. And life has not been the same since. LEWIS has brought a new and very real freedom to the Taylors’ day-to-day routine. Impromptu visits to the park. Meltdownfree runs to the grocery store. Uninterrupted Sunday morning church services. LEWIS makes possible activities many families take for granted. As Elliot’s dad Daniel explains it, autism effectively “locks” Elliot in a world of his own. And LEWIS is a kind of key. Thanks to your support, LEWIS is opening Elliot’s world in a way nothing else could.

our lives

How does aN SDA Dog Help? A child perceives an SDA Dog as a non-judgmental, safe presence since its responses are much closer to his developmental level. By encouraging the child to take responsibility for his SDA Dog, he begins to learn how to care for himself. By grooming his dog, a child learns to manage his own hygiene. Verbal skills progress by giving commands or talking to his dog. Redirecting a child’s focus to the dog helps to short-circuit anxiety, tantrums, or compulsive activities. A specially-designed harness and leash helps prevent a child from bolting. And, by acting as an icebreaker, an SDA Dog can help a child form social connections with others.

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2012 Financial Statement

REVENUES Contributions Events Program Service Fees Donor Restricted Funds General Contributions Local United Way Designations Federal/State Combined Campaigns Workplace Campaigns Planned Giving

2012 2011 $1,001,669 169,191 17,582 100,809 1,289,251

Program Expenses

1,910,300 27,491 13,650 174,520 2,125,961

536,096 273,082 809,178

823,333 492,825 1,316,158

Total Expenses

1,822,993

52,274

Foundation Support

265,500

218,169

In-Kind Contributions

138,648

168,931

Investment/Gain/(Loss) Sale of Stocks Miscellaneous Revenue Endowment Revenue Miscellaneous Revenue

169,623 56,555 9,500 235,678

(64,182) 125,792 7,975 69,585

$4,561,248

3,951,078

Total Revenue

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EXPENSES

2012 2011 $2,887,980

2,621,943

Education & Advocacy

279,617

317,503

Administration Costs

261,943

277,636

Fundraising Costs

193,569

813,377

$3,623,109

4,030,459

$938,139

(79,381)

$7,042,011

6,103,872

Change in Fund Balance

Ending Net Assets

For more detailed financial statements, please visit our website: www.pawswithacause.org/financials2012 or call us at 800-253-7297.


PLANNED GIVING

increased by

IN 2012

% 39 Our Foster Puppy Raisers spent

FUNDRAISING COSTS

REDUCEd by

% 15 We acquired

% 87 OF EVERY DOLLAR

SUPPORTED

OUR MISSION

35 Breeding Host Homes produced

$396,000

76 NEW

PAWS training staff spent

9 breeders

We released

17 puppies to PAWS

from training and sent them to:

out of pocket raising puppies

12,480 HouRS training the 172 dogs that entered our facilities

Foster Puppy Raisers

DONATED

163 PUPPIES

36 DOGS

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“The bond that forms between a dog and client

SUSTAIN ME

makes people’s lives fuller. It gives self-confidence and creates opportunities that didn’t exist before.”

– Susan West

In the sixteen years since she made her first gift, Susan West has become one of PAWS’ most dedicated supporters. You don’t have to talk with Susan long before you’re struck by how deeply she understands PAWS’ mission. Motivated by her career as a teacher and social worker and by being an avid dog lover, she explained that it seemed only natural to support PAWS since our work echoes her values and life work so closely. “I think the dog-client relationships are so fantastic. There’s a tactile, physical aspect to them, and a social-emotional one, as well,” Susan remarked. “Animals don’t care what people look like or about their life circumstances. The bond that forms between a dog and client makes people’s lives fuller. It gives self-confidence and creates opportunities that didn’t exist before. With an Assistance Dog, a client can have a whole new, more meaningful and independent life.” Since retiring in 2006, Susan splits her time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. She stays active volunteering, walking/hiking and traveling. Susan says she considers her own dog, RIKI, a PAWS careerchange dog, a member of her family. She knows how a dog can ease a person’s loneliness and can help them form connections. She notes, “Dogs draw people in, especially for a person with a visible disability. A dog can open a door for interacting in a ‘normal’ way.” Susan’s passion for PAWS’ mission prompts her to designate her annual gifts to PAWS’ endowment fund: “I want to support PAWS’ commitment to providing clients with Successor Dogs. Once a client has a dog, I can’t imagine them not having another.” Her desire to continue her legacy and support for PAWS has led Susan to include us in her estate plan. She shared, “I feel I’ve been blessed with a wonderful life. So, after I pass away, I want to leave a special gift to help sustain PAWS’ outstanding work.”

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Photo courtesy of: Susan West

Planned gifts, like Susan’s, help sustain – and actually can make a tremendous impact on – our work. To learn more about planned giving at PAWS, please contact Joe Dulin, Director of Advancement, at jdulin@pawswithacause.org or 800-253-7297.


IN 2012, PAWS provided services to clients in

36 IN 2012

STATES We received

1,512

application requests for Assistance Dogs

264 families in 7 states volunteered to raise PAWS Foster Puppies

We completed

PAWS R&D Department manufactured

68 new

138 PRODUCTS

PAWS volunteers gave

We delivered

Needs Assessments for approved clients

2,981

hours in service

customized for the unique abilities of each Assistance Dog Team

419 PRESENTATIONS to 44,848 people across the country

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YOU

STAY

YOUR INVESTMENT

IN PAWS

BY MY SIDE

is CHANGing

LIVES IN 2012 MORE THAN

500 teams

received support & services

IN 2012

Photo by: Jenna Bishop Photography

PAWS was

REACCREDITED by Assistance Dogs International

Paws With A Cause速 4646 South Division Wayland, MI 49348 800-253-7297 www.pawswithacause.org

13,544 donors made a financial gift

PAWS Foster Puppy Raisers and Breeding Host Homes volunteered

1.7 MILLION hours caring for our dogs


Paws With A Cause 2012 Annual Report  
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