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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
Aragon Aragon #29336917 Male 9 months Rough Collie/Mix
Brownie Brownie #29442910 Female 3 years Weimaraner/Mix 
Doris Doris #27773381 Female 1 year Labrador Retriever/Mix 
Gigi Gigi #28639878 Female 8 months American Staffordshire
Jax Jax #29435184 Male 1 year Short Coat
Kenzie Kenzie #29393961 Female 7 months Labrador Retriever/Mix 
King King #28608452 Male 3 years Beagle/Hound
Lucy Lucy #29313281 Female 2 years Boxer/Bulldog
Sasha Sasha #27866724 Female 7 months Boxer/Mix
Spaz Spaz #29384399 Male 5 years English Cocker
Thelma Thelma #29442916 Female 3 years Weimaraner/Mix
Zeus Zeus #29278953 Male 1 year Shepherd/Mix 

September Graduates 
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

*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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