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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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People & Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS)



People & Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS)
P.O. Box 1033
Bloomington IN 47402
812-336-2798

Tax ID/EIN: 35-2107038
Year Founded: 2000
Last Updated 2017-03-30

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
PALS provides comprehensive individualized therapeutic equine programs designed by professionals to intentionally develop and restore functional skills, enhance well-being and improve quality of life.

Horse-related programs:
Since its inception in 2000, PALS has been dedicated to providing comprehensive, individualized therapeutic equine programs designed by professionals to intentionally develop and restore functional skills, enhance well-being and improve quality of life. PALS has provided over 14,500 hours of therapeutic equine progams including therapeutic riding, unmounted activities, camps, equine educational programs, equine experiential programs, a veterans program, and camp opportunities designed to improve the lives of hundreds of children, adults, and seniors in the South Central Indiana community ages three and up.<br /><br />As the only organization in Monroe County to have received a Premier Accreditation distinction from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), PALS has been instrumental in providing the highest quality EAA/T for individuals in need from 11 counties across the state. <br /><br />Going from rented space to our own facility in 2013 ignited a period of growth in client base, volunteer base, staff, horses and programs. It is our goal as an organization to continue to evolve to meet the needs of individuals facing challenges. As the diversity of our client base grows, our staff is able to conduct a variety of programs that utilize the horse as an effecting and engaging therapeutic tool. In addition to therapeutic programs, PALS offers recreational riding lessons which are commonly given to siblings of our therapeutic riding clients, as well as boarding services to people in the local community.

Non-horse-related programs:
None


Volunteer Opportunities


Therapeutic Riding Program Volunteer
Minimum Age: 16
Volunteers help children/adults with disabilities learn how to ride horses. Responsibilities include leading horses & side-walking riders during riding lessons. Volunteers also help groom, saddle, train, care for horses and help with barn chores. No horse experience necessary! A commitment of 3-4 hours per week is requested. Upcoming training dates are 2/21/15 from 1-4pm at the PALS facility.

Wish List Items


PALS Wish List
New/gently used items needed: Brushes, currycombs, hoof picks, tail combs,Rainbow Reins, English bridles, English saddles, Girths, Halters, Lead ropes, Plastic water and feed buckets, Saddle pads (soft and gel), Snaffle bits, Therapeutic riding surcingle, Cosequin/Arthogen, Cordless drill, Helmets, Truck, Horse trailer, Sponsorship of horses, Sponsorship of riders, Reliable horses