Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs

by Project Pooch, Inc.
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Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
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Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs

Summary

Project POOCH's provides life-changing opportunities for adjudicated youth and shelter dogs. Youth learn basic kennel management and dog training skills, along with basic job and life skills such as patience, compassion, responsibility, and working with others by caring for and training dogs, and operating a kennel.

$100,000
total goal
$25,843
remaining
944
donors
1
monthly donor
4
fundraisers
14
years

Challenge

Project POOCH works with two at-risk populations: incarcerated youth and homeless dogs. Project POOCH accepts dogs who need training and socialization so they can be adopted, and youth who want to turn their lives around. Youth and dogs at Project POOCH often come from a background of abuse and neglect. For some youth 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.

Solution

The relationships, emotional support and mutual trust and friendship established between the trainers and their dogs are pivotal to the success of the program. Youth practice the principles of positive reinforcement and reward-based dog training. The dogs learn to be well behaved companions. As the trainers manage their dogs, they learn how to manage their own behavior and develop emotional maturity in the areas of patience, responsibility and compassion.

Long-Term Impact

Incarcerated youth learn skills that are needed to become caring, productive citizens in the community once they are released from corrections. Increased skills and emotional maturity contribute to a youth's success once they release to the community, reducing the likelihood of them re-offending. Shelter dogs find loving, forever, adoptive families and are less likely to be surrendered to shelters.

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Organization Information

Project Pooch, Inc.

Location: Lake Oswego, OR - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Sarah Bradham
Lake Oswego , OR United States
$74,157 raised of $100,000 goal
 
1,672 donations
$25,843 to go
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