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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 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
Bella Bella #24990033 Female 3 years Labrador Retriever/Mix
Capone Capone #25074357 Male 2 years Hound/Mix
Carmel Carmel #24166659 Female 6 years Labrador Retriever/
Crystal Crystal #24958286 Female 1 year Greyhound/Carolina Dog
Karma Karma #24930665 Female 3 years Hound/Mix
Kobi Kobi #24583795 Male 1 year German Shepherd/Mix
Lucy Lucy #25030760 Female 1 year American Staffordshire
Phillip Phillip #24656614 Male 3 years Labrador Retriever/
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Pickles Pickles #23880029 Male 1 year Labrador Retriever/Hound

Sheeba Sheeba #24435606 Female 3 years Shepherd/Mix

March Graduates 
Dog Name ID Number Gender Age Breed
Crystal Crystal #24007700 Female 1 year Labrador Retriever/Mix 
Diesel Diesel #24714505 Male 1 year Chihuahua
Duke Duke #22134150 Male 2 years Australian Cattle Dog/Mix 
Finn Finn #24058484 Male 2 years Hound/Mix 
Jackson Jackson #24683783 Male 4 months Labrador Retriever/
Lightning Lightning #23914194 Male 3 years Shepherd/Doberman
Rascal Rascal #24737535 Male 6 years Terrier/Mix
Sadie Sadie #24686691 Female 2 years Border Collie/Mix
Sam Sam #24622130 Male 7 months Pit Bull Terrier/Mix
Shiva Shiva #22214204 Female 2 years Mastiff/Mix
Sugar Sugar #23994121 Female 1 year Labrador Retriever/Mix
Vic Vic #24685213 Male 5 years German Shepherd/Mix

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