Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs

by Project Pooch, Inc.
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Salvador preparing to groom
Salvador preparing to groom

Salvador, a former youth in the Project POOCH program, helped give back to Project POOCH in a big way!  Project POOCH was chosen as one of five finalists for the Awesome Portland animals grant.  This past Tuesday, November 29th, the five finalists were challenged to a competition where each organization gave a 3-minute speech as to why their organization was the most deserving of the $1000 grant.

After a quick introduction from Joan Dalton, the founder and director of Project POOCH, Salvador delivered the speech for Project POOCH, vouching for the program he once participated in himself.  Upon learning the results of the competition, we were overjoyed to learn that Project POOCH tied for first place with an organization dedicated to trapping feral cats, and both organizations were awarded $1000!  

This win was really exciting for us, because it is a testament to the Project POOCH program.  We were incredibly touched that after being released from corrections, Salvador was already giving back to the community by sharing his story and helping to procure funds for more dogs and youth.  This shows just how effective Project POOCH is in achieving its mission statement of learning: responsibility, patience and compassion for all life.  Salvador's victory instills further hope that Project POOCH can continue to impact troubled youth and shelter dogs alike.

Salvador grooming Chihuahua
Salvador grooming Chihuahua
Salvador preparing to groom
Salvador preparing to groom

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Toby the Terrier
Toby the Terrier

Two of our Project POOCH Youth recently passed the Basic Canine Specialist Exam, which then qualifies them to work with animals upon their release from corrections.  Shawn, who received his certification, is now very much in-demand as a worker in doggie daycare.  This program is critical in providing employment opportunities for the youth.

We are seeing an influx of older dogs into our program.  All of our dogs come from other shelters, and we have recently taken in an 8-year old Labrador Mix and a 6-year old Terrier Mix.  The terrier has medical issues, which is giving the youth a hands-on opportunity to work with and understand the needs of senior dogs. 

We are thrilled to announce that Peanut, one of our long-time POOCH dogs, who was in the kennel for over a year, has found a loving home.  Peanut now lives with two other POOCH dogs, and is thriving.  We never lose hope in finding the right home for dogs, and Peanut is living proof.

The skills and responsibility learned through Project POOCH reach far outside the scope of pet care.  Many of the released youth profess that working with the dogs has helped them to become better fathers.  The lessons learned behind bars cultivate success beyond corrections.

Peanut, Corey and Bentley
Peanut, Corey and Bentley

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Quimby in Training
Quimby in Training

Project POOCH Skills Utilized for Good of Community

S. is a Project POOCH alum, who was transferred to a minimum security facility known as Camp Florence.  Camp Florence allows the youth to leave the facility during the day in order to work for local businesses and individuals in the community.  One of the supervisors at Camp Florence explained to S. that his autistic daughter would soon be receiving an autism service dog.  This supervisor knew of S’s background in dog training, and suggested that S. volunteer to raise puppies that will become service dogs.

Immediately, S. sought approval from the Oregon Youth Authority and applied to volunteer that very day.  S. was accepted into the program and received a labradoodle puppy named Quimby.  Quimby and S. are inseparable – Quimby sleeps in a crate next to S’s bed, and even goes to work with S.  They attend group puppy training sessions in Tualatin each month.

S. pays for the majority of Quimby’s expenses with money he earns at his job, while the expenses that are classified as “educational” are paid for by the Oregon Youth Authority.  The skills S. learned at Project POOCH have given him the ability to train an autism service dog – a highly specialized task – that S. is now doing for the good of the community.

Both Quimby and S. will be leaving this fall.  Quimby will go to his new family as a full-trained service dog, and S. will leave Camp Florence, as he is preparing for life on the outside.  We are confident that Quimby has received the best training possible, and we are thrilled that S. has continued to use the skills he learned through Project POOCH to better the community.

This is why we are huge believers in second chances. We are so honored to have been a part of Quimby’s success, and because of your support, POOCH Youth like S. are able to pay it forward as they move forward in their lives. THANK YOU for helping POOCH Youth achieve their dreams. Together, through work with dogs, life behind bars can have a huge positive impact on society!

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You ARE making a difference and effecting lifelong positive change in the lives of the youth and dogs who are impacted by Project POOCH. Thank you for all the support you have given. We are so grateful and lucky to call you our friend.

 

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Thank YOU again from all of us at Project POOCH!

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Dodger, happy to have found his forever home!
Dodger, happy to have found his forever home!

The impact of Project POOCH’s program reaches farther than just the dogs and youth at MacLaren. We recently learned awesome news of a special dog, who, while not a direct participant in our program at MacLaren, was indeed touched by the work we do. 

Dodger came to our attention a few years ago when Project POOCH youth, “Bud”1 transitioned to a facility in Florence, Oregon. The skills Bud learned at Project POOCH landed him a work-release job at the Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS), where he met the not-so-artful Dodger. Bud worked with Dodger, completed his program and eventually moved. Because POOCH Alum were working with Dodger, we listed his profile among our available dogs… 

…Sadly, not every dog has his day as quickly as we hope. Dodger remained at the FAHS facility while Project POOCH helped him gain more exposure through our website… 

Fast forward to 2016… 

Recent POOCH Alum, S. is relocated to the same program in Florence. Because of his work at Project POOCH, he too was given the opportunity to work with the dogs at FAHS. One of those dogs was of course, Dodger. S. ramped up Dodger’s training, and as a result of Dodger’s improved skills and behaviors, Dodger was moved to a facility in a more populated area. Within a couple of weeks, Dodger’s dream of a family and comfy, loving home, finally came true! 

We are so happy for Dodger, and for S. who never gave up on him, worked with him, loved him, and helped him along his journey to happiness and success. A journey, paralleled by that of S. himself. To say this youth is happy is an understatement. When we spoke with S. on the phone, you could hear the pride and joy in his voice, and the HUGE smile across his face when he talked about Dodger. And of course, Dodger’s smile says it all. That, is indeed priceless! 

This is an example of how a village came together to help a dog finally find a loving home to call his own. We are so honored to have been a part of Dodger’s success, and because of your support, POOCH Youth like Bud and S., are able to pay it forward as they move forward in their lives. THANK YOU for helping POOCH Youth and Dodger fulfill their dreams. Together, our “village” has made a difference and had a huge impact on society!

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You ARE making a difference and effecting lifelong positive change in the lives of the youth and dogs who are impacted by Project POOCH. Thank you for all the support you have given. We are so grateful and lucky to call you our friend. 

Wednesday, March 16th, is a GlobalGiving Bonus Day where YOUR gift will be matched! If you haven't had the opportunity to make a gift in a while or would like to make another life-changing gift, we would greatly appreciate it. EVERY gift makes a difference – and makes dreams come true! 

Thank YOU again from all of us at Project POOCH!

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1Due to confidentiality, names have been changed to preserve anonymity.

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Timber says Happy Paw-lidays!
Timber says Happy Paw-lidays!

In our reports, we share stories of recent successes about a dog, or a youth, and their road to a better life. Today, we want to share a slightly different story as we end 2015. It is one that is 20 years in the making. It is this kind of story that really shines a light on the success and lasting impact of our unique and groundbreaking program at Project POOCH. 

What many of you may not know is that in 1993 when Project POOCH began, we were the first program of our kind in the country for youth offenders. 

We know from previous studies that at the time of the study NONE of the youth who had gone through our program had reoffended. We like data just as much as the next person. BUT, it is the personal stories and words that mean the most to us. It’s the people and dogs whose lives we impact whether it be a youth who graduated from Project POOCH, a dog who's finally found their forever home, or a family who’s found love through adopting one of our pawesome dogs. 

This holiday season, we wanted to share this short, but heartwarming note we recently received from a former POOCH Youth: 

“I was part of Project POOCH (positive opportunities, obvious change with hounds) in the 90’s. I just want to say thank you for the opportunity, the guidance, the instruction, and most of all, the trust. 

My most loved & cherished memory is of my dog, Cozer. He was my buddy, my pal, and my best friend. 

I send my sincere appreciation and gratitude. Keep our amazing program going so that “troubled” youth have a reason to wake up every morning.”

~Shaun

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You are making a difference and effecting lifelong positive change in the lives of those who are affected by Project POOCH. Thank you for all the support you have given. We are so grateful and lucky to call you our friend.

It means the world to us, the dogs, and the youth to know they have you in their corner, championing their success in a world where many have given up on them. If you haven't had the opportunity to make a gift in a while or would like to make another life-changing gift, there's still time in 2015. EVERY gift makes a difference.

Thank YOU and HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at Project POOCH!

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Project Pooch, Inc.

Location: Woodburn, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.pooch.org
Project Leader:
Joan Dalton
Lake Oswego, OR United States
$48,802 raised of $100,000 goal
 
1,072 donations
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