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Kim Chester, a long-time volunteer and former Board President, with her pup and PAL kids.


pal in the news now

Today, more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting 1 million Americans 
and media coverage nationwide. In Washington DC the PAL After school club was invited to perform for the mayor. Check us out here 

 Voice Over America recently visited PAL Club to see how reading with dogs program worked.  Check out the video here. visited our PAL volunteers in action at the Arlington Central Library for our Paws to Read Program. Check it out here.

Washington Life Magazine reports on PAL's reading program based on first-hand experience.

Here, the Ballston-Virginia Square writes about our Paws-to-Read program in partnership with Arlington's Central Library.
In March 2011, the American Observer, American University's graduate journalism magazine, reported on our work at Stanton Elementary. Check it out

PAL visits at the Pohick Regional Library were recently featured in the Fairfax Connection. You can read the article
here. A big thanks to Group Leader Tricia Lowney for making this visit so special.
Check out the September 2010 edition of the Washingtonian. PAL volunteer Eric Nuzum writes about the pet visit experience with his bulldog, Lolly.

In August 2010,
ABC World News Tonightand Good Morning Americaboth reported on the important role dogs play in helping children learn to read. The research is in - PAL Club makes a difference!


Pal videos now

Watch PAL dog Rascal visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home and PAL Club!

See Jetta, a certified PAL dog, at work with the Stanton Elementary children.

Aren't they great? PAL dogs share the love at Goodwin House.

There are plenty more videos on our YouTube channel.

PAL in the news then - Snapshots from our Archives

For several years, PAL volunteers brought good cheer to Walter Reed Hospital with the Pet Visiting Program. While PAL has handed responsibility over to the Red Cross, which manages all pet visiting at military facilities in the DC area, we are glad to have had the opportunity to serve during the start-up phase.

The joy that a pet visit brings doesn't end when the dog and owner leave, even when the person has an illness like Alzheimer's. According to new research, the uplifted heart and cheered emotions will linger long after the dog's wagging tail has gone. PAL volunteers have long thought the visits made a big impression on the folks who benefit, and it's always nice to have research confirm the power of our work. Listen to the this NPR story to learn more: Emotions Outlast The Memories That Drive Them.

Washington Post, March 2010Read the stories of some PAL Volunteers and how they came to adopt their dogs.

Time Magazine, October 2009
PAL Volunteer Featured in 'To the Rescue'
Sophie Craighead volunteered for PAL when she was in her twenties, visiting at the Washington Home with her dog, and helped Earl Strimple found a program at Lorton Prison that connected prisoners to pets. The participating prisoners' discipline problems dropped dramatically as a result - no surprise to those of us familiar with the power of the human-animal bond.
Ms. Craighead is a committed philanthropist. Not only did she volunteer, but she also directed substantial funding for PAL over the years through a foundation Board on which she serves, making it possible for PAL volunteers to share their pets with the world.
PAL is grateful to Ms. Craighead for all of her years of support and for discussing her time with PAL in a recent book, To the Rescue, by Elise Lufkin. The book tells the stories of rescued dogs and their owners.

Capital Hill Rag, July 2009This article features several volunteers,and promotes children and parents volunteering together.

Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), July 2009 The article covers the PAL Monthly Orientation process for the residents.

Falls Church Newspaper, May 2009Goodwin House and the PAL volunteers that visit there are the subject of this article.

PAL Newsarticle, March 2009