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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 selected prisoner, who has 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
Ben Ben #20427245 Male 2 years American Staffordshire
Dapple Dapple #22282903 Female 2 years Golden Retriever/Chow Chow
Goose Goose #22294352 Male 1 year Rhodesian Ridgeback/
Catahoula Leopard Dog
Gracie Gracie #21655368 Female 3 years Chinese Shar-Pei/
Labrador Retriever
Jade Jade #22303657 Female 1 year Pointer/Dalmatian
Katrina Katrina #22306621 Female 3 years Labrador Retriever/Mix
Marley Marley #21472977 Female 7 months Labrador Retriever/Mix 
Odin Odin #21792870 Male 1 year Labrador Retriever/Mastiff
Otis Otis #22329194 Male 6 years Miniature Schnauzer/Mix
Shadow Shadow #21532569 Male 2 years Border Collie/
Labrador Retriever 
Sparkey Sparkey #22330704 Female 2 years Labrador Retriever/Mix
Spice Spice #21832946 Female 1 year Hound/Mix 

April Graduates
Dog Name ID Number Gender Age Breed
Caroline Caroline #17732951 Female 2 years Shepherd/Labrador Retriever
Dexter Dexter #21505189 Male 1 year Labrador Retriever/Mix
Kobe Kobe #21012382 Male 1 year Hound/Collie
Leo Leo #21931318 Male 1 year Bullmastiff/Mix
Maggie Maggie #21588714 Female 4 years Labrador Retriever/Mix
May May #21740719 Female 1 year Black-Mouth Cur/Shepherd
Sandy Sandy #17562762 Female 2 years Shepherd/Labrador Retriever
Scrappy Scrappy #21808943 Male 3 years Black-Mouth Cur/
Basset Hound 
Simon Simon #21662758 Male 2 years Shepherd/Mix
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