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.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
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.
How will this project solve this problem?
Youth practice the principles of positive reinforcement and behavior modification. As the trainers manage their dogs, they learn how to manage their own behavior.
Potential Long Term Impact
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.
Total Funding Received to Date: $28,229
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $21,771
Total Funding Goal: $50,000