Dog News, Rehabilitation

Pelican Bay dogs await forever homes

A large group of dogs and trainers
Zephyr, Foxy, Louise, RIO, Lenny, Rusty, Bruno, and Astro will all graduate in April.

Fifth round finds eight pups participating

A group of dogs and trainers at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) are preparing for the next step in the shelter dogs’ lives. The next eight dogs graduate April 6 from the Prison Paws Partnership (PPP).

PPP is a collaboration of 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 dogs they train. Incarcerated instructors learn responsibility, accountability, compassion, patience, and teamwork.

PPP is now in the fifth round at PBSP. The six- to eight-week program teaches the dogs obedience and socialization skills, allowing them to be given a second chance at adoption. The prison has already received inquiries for the next eight graduates.

The program also helps PBSP residents learn skills for reentry into society.. They are also giving back to the community by finding loving homes for shelter canines.

To date, the Prison Paws Partnership has found homes for the 24 canines who previously completed the program.

Applications are being accepted now and processing begins soon for people interested in adopting one of the canine graduates.

Meet the dogs at Pelican Bay

A graphic of eight dogs
From top left to right: Zephyr, Foxy, Louise, RIO, Lenny, Rusty, Bruno, and Astro.

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