To help incarcerated youth learn patience, compassion and responsibility by caring for, training and finding adoptive homes for shelter dogs that might otherwise be euthanized.
Project POOCH works with shelters throughout the state of Oregon to save the lives of hundreds shelter dogs that might otherwise be euthanized. Like many of the youth at Project POOCH, the dogs often come from a background of abuse and neglect. For some students and dogs, this relationship is a first experience of unconditional love, and it helps them develop the self-confidence and hope they need to build future relationships.
Youth practice the principles of positive reinforcement and behavior modification. As the trainers manage their dogs, they learn how to manage their own behavior.
Incarcerated youth learn skills that are needed to become caring, productive citizens in the community once they are released from corrections. Shelter dogs find loving, forever, adoptive homes.
There are good kids and good dogs but sometimes they do bad things. Both deserve a second chance. - Ian H. , Project POOCH Youth
Total Funding Received to Date: $23,085
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $26,915
Total Funding Goal: $50,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).