Inmate trainer with dog

Rescuing unwanted dogs reduces euthanasia rates and gives each dog a chance at a new life. Their happy adoptive families are proof positive that shelter dogs make great pets.

We rehabilitate juveniles and adults in correctional institutions by teaching responsibility and imparting crucial life and job skills. In becoming contributing members of the community, the people who grow through our programs are far less likely to reoffend. The state of California typically spends upwards of $90,000 each year to house and care for a single inmate. By heading off future incarcerations, our program saves taxpayer dollars.

Some special canine graduates become service dogs and help their human partners enjoy a fuller, more independent life. Their valuable skills benefit individuals with emotional, psychological and physical challenges and disabilities, changing the lives of entire families. Most recently, we have been training service dogs to support veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dogs: Holly and Checkers running