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Prison Pups N Pals is a program we take great pride in at Halifax Humane Society. In this program, we work with the West Volusia Kennel Club and the Tomoka Correctional Institute to train otherwise friendly dogs to make them more adoptable. Our healthy, spayed/neutered dogs are sent to live in a prison environment for seven weeks. There, they are paired with a pair of inmate trainers and caretakers, who have been taught by a professional dog trainer on how to work with the dog.

The program serves a dual purpose that leads to positive futures for both the inmates and the dogs. The inmates receive education on the proper training methods and care of the dogs in hopes that the skills provided to them will lead to a job in animal services. Meanwhile, the dogs receive obedience training that prepares them for a happy life in their forever home.

While in the program, the dogs learn how to sit, stay, come, and walk to the left and slightly behind their owners. By the time a dog finishes the program, it is highly trained, obedient, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and micro-chipped. Prison Pups make great pets for any family, as their training eases the transition into a new home.


Some Prison Pups are now completing a second round of training to be a part of the Paws of Freedom program. Paws of Freedom matches veterans with companion dogs. Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs joined the existing Prison Pups N Pals program to create Paws of Freedom. Each class of Prison Pups now has two or more dogs selected to become a companion dog for a veteran. These dogs help owners that may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), providing them with emotional support.

Following adoption, veterans associated with Paws of Freedom receive additional financial support, a care package, and one year of health insurance to help them with their new companion dog.  Paws of Freedom follows a collective body of research data that supports the overall benefit of companion dogs to the psychological and physiological health of individuals with whom they interact, especially their owners.

Listed below are the dogs in the current Prison Pups class, along with some recent graduates.  Many of these dogs may still be available for adoption.  For more information, check their page on our website at http://halifaxhumanesociety.zgraph.com/dogs.cfm, or contact us at (386) 274-4703.


Current Class 
Dog Name ID Number Gender Age Breed
Bently Bently #28131461 Male 3 years Basset Hound/Mix
Buddy Jose #28212686 Male 3 years Long-Coat Chihuahua/
Yorkshire Terrier 
Buddy Buddy #19415511 Male 3 years Shepherd/Mix
Conner Conner #27775672 Male 2 years Boxer/Black-Mouth Cur
Joel Joel #25295133 Male 2 years Black-Mouth Cur/Mix
Molly Molly #27853231 Female 3 years Japanese Spitz/
Rough Collie 
Rascal Rascal #27967827 Male 5 years Beagle/Mix
Rocko Rocko #28123905 Male 3 years Pembroke Welsh Corgi/
Short-Coat Chihuahua
Sassy Sassy #27633261 Female 1 year American Staffordshire
Smokey Smokey #27779191 Male 1 year American Staffordshire
Timmy Timmy #27645796 Male 2 years American Staffordshire
Woody Woody #27706573 Male 2 years Smooth-Haired
July Graduates 
Dog Name ID Number Gender Age Breed
Bailey Bailey #20434758 Male 2 years Shepherd/
Labrador Retriever
Bella Bella #24851642 Female 3 years Catahoula Leopard Dog/
Bubby Bubby #27695809 Male 1 year Whippet/Mix 
Buster Buster #24763296 Male 2 years Hound/Mix 
Colt Colt #23664000 Male 11 months Hound/Mix
Cooper Cooper #24285511 Male 1 year Hound/Retriever 
Daisy Daisy #25083257 Female 10 months Labrador Retriever/Mix
Jeanie Jeanie #23030416 Female 3 years Black-Mouth Cur/
Karma Karma #24930665 Female 3 years Hound/Mix
Lacy Lacy #24604973 Female 4 years Boxer/Mix
Lili Marlene Lili Marlene #23834045 Female 1 year Pit Bull Terrier/Mix
Misty Misty #26862228 Female 5 years American Staffordshire

*To ensure your donation is directed to Prison Pups N Pals, please enter "Prison Pups N Pals" or "PPNP" in the box labeled "Tribute Name".



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