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Prison Pups N Pals

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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.  Many of these dogs may still be available for adoption.  For more information, check their page on our website at http://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/dogs.cfm, or contact us at (386) 274-4703.

Current Class (Class # 35)
Dog      Name      ID Number            Gender                        Age             Breed
Colt #23664000 Male 1 Year 9 mo Hound Mix 
Teto #31041435 Male 4 years Chihuahua
Titus #30940595 Male 3 years
Amara #31056618 Female
5 months
Terrier, American Staffordshire 
Charlie #31125836 Male 7 months
Australian Cattle Dog/Hound
Ally #31109383
5 Years Australian Shepherd/Border Collie
Toby #31055481 Male 4 Years Terrier/Mix 
Dexter #31046071 Male 1 Year 6 mo Chihuahua
Minnie #31046183 Female 4 Years
Sophia #30794694  Female 3 Years
Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix
Shuggy #31058105  Male 5 Years Chihuahua, Long Coat/Terrier
Grizzy #31052649 Male 1 Year 6 mo Basset Hound/Mix


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