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Prison Paws at Pelican Bay give dogs second chance

Prison Paws Partnership with the Humane Society and a prison.
Humane Society of Del Norte brings the next round of dogs to Pelican Bay State Prison.

Fourth round finds 8 dogs participating

Pelican Bay State Prison’s (PBSP) Prison Paws Partnership started their fourth round training canines rescued from the local animal shelter.

The dogs participate in a six- to eight-week program teaching obedience and socialization skills, allowing them to be given a second chance at adoption.

The Prison Paws Partnership is a collaboration between PBSP and the Humane Society of Del Norte (HSDN). The program seeks to enrich the lives of residents housed at PBSP as well as the canines the residents train. Incarcerated instructors learn responsibility, accountability, compassion, patience, and teamwork.

Ultimately, the program helps PBSP residents learn skills for re-entry into society while also finding loving homes for shelter canines.

To date, the Prison Paws Partnership has already found homes for the 16 canines who previously completed the program. The prison has already received numerous inquiries for the next eight, expected to graduate December 1.

If you are interested in adopting one of these amazing canines, applications are being accepted now and processing begins soon. See the links below for details.

Adoption applications are available online.

Learn more about the organization on their Facebook page.

Learn more about CDCR’s K-9 programs.

Meet the Prison Paws dogs

Submitted by acting Lt. Serafin P. Leon