Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs

Mar 29, 2011

A thankful youth writes

Learning responsibility and compassion
Learning responsibility and compassion

I have been in the Project POOCH program for over three years. I have helped more than 24 dogs find homes and each day I am learning more about myself and how I can improve.

My favorite dog, if I had to pick one, would be the one I am currently working with.  Her name is Callie and she is 1 ½ years old.  She has shown me that if I am persistent and put my mind to it, I can make a difference.  She has been at Project POOCH for nine months.  I see progress each day with her, which makes it hard for me to give her up. She relies on me and makes me feel needed, something I’ve never felt before. 

This program has molded me into a more confident, compassionate and patient individual. These are traits that I needed to develop in the past, but I never knew exactly how to. I have learned a great deal about responsibility. I know this will help me in the future.  I have also developed a love for animals that I never thought I would. I am now leaning towards a career in the animal care industry.  I’m still working on my social skills, which is something I have always lacked.  This program has given me the opportunity to work on these skills daily. Since being in the program, I have become much happier. My family has noticed the change in me too. 

Project POOCH has given me hope for the future and an optimistic view on life.  I am thankful to be a part of this wonderful program. I am proof that when given the opportunity, a person can really make a positive change in their life.



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Project Pooch, Inc.

Woodburn, OR, United States

Project Leader

Joan Dalton

Lake Oswego, OR United States

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