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Independence Service Dogs Foundation

 4041 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 510
 Newport Beach, CA 92660
[P] (800) 684-0501
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www.independenceservicedogsfoundation.org
[email protected]
Justine  Puliafico
FOUNDED: 2018
INCORPORATED: 2007
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Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 20-8756660 00012

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

At Independence Service Dogs Foundation, we facilitate life changing opportunities through canine companionship. By supplying well screened and trained service dogs to our military heroes, therapy and emotional support dogs for children and victims of domestic abuse we provide the conduit to regain independence and the opportunity to improve lives. Through public education and training we will promote a better understanding of ADA law compliance and enable our communities to support the incredible capacity of human resilience aided by our canine companions

Mission Statement

At Independence Service Dogs Foundation, we facilitate life changing opportunities through canine companionship. By supplying well screened and trained service dogs to our military heroes, therapy and emotional support dogs for children and victims of domestic abuse we provide the conduit to regain independence and the opportunity to improve lives. Through public education and training we will promote a better understanding of ADA law compliance and enable our communities to support the incredible capacity of human resilience aided by our canine companions

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $56,250.00
Projected Revenue $56,250.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Independence Service Dogs Foundation

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Overview


Mission Statement

At Independence Service Dogs Foundation, we facilitate life changing opportunities through canine companionship. By supplying well screened and trained service dogs to our military heroes, therapy and emotional support dogs for children and victims of domestic abuse we provide the conduit to regain independence and the opportunity to improve lives. Through public education and training we will promote a better understanding of ADA law compliance and enable our communities to support the incredible capacity of human resilience aided by our canine companions

Background Statement

Independence Service Dogs Foundation is dedicated to providing service, therapy, and comfort canines to individuals who are struggling to maintain independence due to circumstances beyond their control. Launched in August 2018, our extensive professional and volunteer experience in selecting, training, and handling service and therapy dogs well qualifies us to partner with local schools, hospitals, domestic violence shelters, and veterans; programs to enhance existing support services provided. Our dedicated team has expertise in the fields of dog training, therapy dog service, business management and development, community activism and above all the passion to revolutionize the service and therapy dog communities through education and quality human canine matching.

Nikki Esser will be the Training Director. Nikki has been training dogs professionally for over ten years. Currently she is owner of OC Service Dogs and Healthy Mutt. Nikki has a broad variety of experience from basic manners, to advanced obedience, including off-leash competition work. She is experienced in: protection training; tracking, and training therapy & service dogs. Nikki has a special interest in resolving behavioral issues, with an emphasis on creating a lifelong partnership between owner and dog. Nikki is passionate about working with service dogs with the ultimate goal of building a strong bond and creating a dynamic and great team. Nikki is a Professional member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) a Supporting member of the IAABC(International Association of Animal Behavior Counselors) and an FSDS Evaluator since January 2012. She lives in the City of Orange with her husband, two daughters, German Shepherd, and loving Golden Retriever.

Justine Puliafico will be the Office Manager and Fundraising Lead. Justine has more than 27 years of experience in the field of business management. She and her husband recently sold their small business that they have owned and managed for over 17 years. As Justine redirects her energies, she looks forward to working in a non-profit environment. Through her years of small business management, she has honed her leadership skills. As a mother of two, she has been actively involved in community organizations holding positions such as PTO Board Member and President, NLYM Board Member and Philanthropy Coordinator for the past two years and a community volunteer with her therapy dog, Wally.


Impact Statement

Independence Service Dogs Foundation was established in August of 2018 with the mission to provide service, therapy and comfort canine’s to individuals who are struggling to maintain independence due to circumstances beyond their control. We have 10 working volunteer teams that have supported more than 5,000 people this year. We have been working with several local entities to design programs for residential dogs at their facilities and we are in the process of finishing (completing training and certification) both a residential dog and a service dog for a military veteran. We have several current volunteers working with their dogs to become therapy dog teams and they should be certified and ready to join our working teams early in 2019.
Top goals for 2019:
1. Find a permanent facility so our dogs and therapy teams will have a central location with state of the art training tools to help in the process with our residential, comfort caninie and service dogs training.
2. To increase visibility in the community so that more people are aware of our mission and programs.
3. To develop the funding to hire additional trainers and office staff as we continue to increase our work in the community.

Needs Statement

Recognizing the impact that a dog can have on someone’s ability to achieve independence, Independence Service Dogs Foundation respectfully addresses each opportunity individually. We are actively working with Charitable Ventures of Orange County to identify grants for assistance with the cost of proper training and support for our dogs. The initial investment for a resident dog is $15,000 - $20,000, which includes procurement of the puppy, training, raising and socializing, veterinary costs, and pet insurance. The cost to raise, train and certify a service dog to individually support a person is $30,000-$35,000. In both instances these dogs are not considered pets but rather working dogs that have been trained with specific tasks. In the case of the resident dogs they will be working in facilities supporting the staff and supplementing care as needed. In the case of the service dog, it will be trained to support the individual handler as needed.

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Support for our program can be made on line or by mailing checks. Volunteer opportunities are available to well trained dogs and owners that are interested in becoming certified therapy dog teams. We are also looking for puppy raisers to support our resident dog program.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
We are located in Orange County California but also service programs in Los Angeles County.

Organization Categories

  1. Animal Related - Animal Services NEC
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention -
  3. Public & Societal Benefit -

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Programs


Independence Service Dogs Foundation

At ISDF, we facilitate life-changing opportunities through canine companionship. We supply well screened and trained dogs in 3 different categories: Therapy dog teams provide physical, psychological and emotional benefits to individuals. The teams visit hospitals, nursing homes, teen crisis centers, and schools. Therapy dog teams are encouraged to interact with multiple people while they are "on-duty". People are encouraged to pet these dogs. Service dogs are considered working dogs and are custom trained to assist people with mobility and psychiatric limitations; Service dogs can enhance a person's independence by helping with tasks such as interrupting, checking the perimeter and covering. Resident dogs are permanently placed with schools, hospitals, domestic violence shelters, teen crisis centers and other place-based organizations. Resident comfort dogs are trained to perform specific tasks, to interact with people of all ages and to integrate into different environments.
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Training
Population Served Military/Veterans People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

We currently have 11 therapy dog team volunteering throughout Orange County and have just added a facility in Long Beach that we will be supporting with therapy dogs in the short term with a long term goal of funding, raising and training a facility dog to have on their campus. 

We are currently training two service dogs that have been matched with their person.  One dog is for a female veteran suffering from PTSD and the other is a child with autism.
 

In addition we provide support to more than 25 local organizations through our therapy dog visits, lectures and education.  
Program Long-Term Success  Our long term success will be measured by the number of successful therapy dog teams we can train and support on our communities, by the number of PTSD victims we can help by providing service dogs and by the number of children we can help by providing service dogs to help them all regain their independence.
Program Success Monitored By  We monitor our success through surveys and feedback. 
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Justine Nicole Puliafico
CEO Term Start Aug 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience As the project director, I have more than 27 years of experience in the field of business management. My husband and I recently sold the small business that we have owned and managed for over 17 years. As I redirect my energies, I look forward to working in a non-profit environment. Through my years of small business management, I have honed my leadership skills. As a mother of two, I have been actively involved in community organizations holding positions such as PTO Board Member and President, NLYM Board Member and Philanthropy Coordinator for the past two years and a community volunteer with my therapy dog, Wally.

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Mrs. Nikki Esser Co- Founder and Head Trainer Nikki has been training dogs professionally for over fifteen years. Currently she is owner of OC Service Dogs & Healthy Mutt. Previously she worked as the Training Director at Tackett Service Dogs, Inc. for several years. Nikki has a broad variety of experience from basic manners, to advanced obedience, including off-leash competition work. She is experienced in protection training; tracking, and training therapy and service dogs. Nikki has a special interest in resolving behavioral issues with an emphasis on creating a lifelong partnership between owner and dog. Nikki is passionate about working with service dogs with the ultimate goal of building a strong bond and creating a dynamic and great team. Nikki is a Professional member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) a Supporting member of the IAABC(International Association of Animal Behavior Counselors) and an FSDS Evaluator since January 2012. She lives in the City of Orange with her husband, two daughters, German Shepherd, and one loving Golden Retriever.

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Governance


Board Chair Mr John Benner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Coaches of Orange County
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Mr. John Benner Executive Coaches of Orange County Voting
Ms. Melinda Konoske MK Consulting Syndicate Voting
Mr. Jason Lacsamana St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund --
Mr. Ryan Maughan Loya Casualty Insurance Company Voting
Ms. Anne Olin The Olin Group Voting
Mr. John Rohrer Executive Service Corps, Los Angeles Chapter Voting

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Mr. Todd Hanson Orange County Community Foundation NonVoting
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Percentage of Monetary Contributions 85%
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Standing Committees

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $56,250.00
Projected Expenses $56,250.00
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Foundation Comments

Independence Service Dogs Foundation is fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County. 990s on profile belong to Charitable Ventures of Orange County. Financials are specific for Independence Service Dogs Foundation/ Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporate Contributions. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultation with the organization.

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