Project Good Dog - helping more pets live better lives - and help people as well. We have partnered up with the Worcester County sheriff's office and 3 facilities withing the Department of Corrections to help pets that need training and/or additional assistance prior to adoption! This program was launched in April of 2015 and pairs behaviorally needy shelter dogs with inmates who provide them with 24/7 care and training. They work with the dogs on socialization, basic obedience, housebreaking, and sometimes a trick or two. Not only does it provide benefits to the dogs but it also has positive results for the handlers who learn patience, compassion, responsibility. Many of the inmates say that it also gives them a focus while they transition back into the community. The training the dogs receive while in the program helps them to be more adoptable and stay in their homes.
**Project Good Dog Recently Expanded into a 3rd facility (Hampden County Sheriff's Office) on September 8th, 2017!! Thank you to a generous donation of $30,000 from Petsmart Charities to help cover the costs of training, medical expenses, and supplies.
We asked the handlers how they felt about the program and the responses were all positive. One said "While I feel like I was able to help my dog get better, it was him that helped me get better. All those hours spent with him had softened that part of me that had become calloused after so many years in prison, and reminded me that caring about and helping others is an important part of being a member of humanity."
If you would like to help sponsor Project Good Dog Please click on the donate now button. There are options to help sponsor the program and have your name/company logo appear on our page for 3, 6, or 12 months or you can just make a donation to the program in any amount. Every donation helps! If you have any questions about sponsoring this program please email Lindsay at Development@secondchanceanimals.org.
Watch the short video about the program by clicking HERE
Download our Project Good Dog informational brochure HERE
See the article in the Valley Advocate
See the article in the Sentinel Enterprise
See the article in the MA Corrections
See the article in the Worcester Telegram
See the article in the Boston Globe
See the article in the GoLocal Worcester
See the article in the Quaboag Current (page 3)
See the articles and television news clips on our one year anniversary!
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