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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
Archie Archie #23801274 Male 2 years Shepherd/
Labrador Retriever
Belle Belle #16429101 Female 5 years Labrador Retriever/Mix
Bronco Bronco #22823739 Male 1 year Labrador Retriever/
Australian Shepherd
Butchy Butchy #23413084 Male 2 years Standard Schnauzer/
Chava Chava #21706284 Male  1 year  Labrador Retriever/Mix 
Chuck Chuck #23747736 Male  1 year  Pembroke Welsh Corgi/
Basset Hound 
Cody Cody #21999007 Male 1 year Bull Terrier/Whippet
Izzy Izzy #23061880 Female 9 months Hound/Mix
Josie Josie #23271598 Female 1 year Shepherd/Mix
Mindy Mindy #23832654 Female 6 years Shetland Sheepdog/Mix 
Sandy Sandy #23747658 Female 3 years Short Coat Chihuahua/Mix
Winston Winston #23517498 Male 2 years Hound/Mix
September Graduates 
Dog Name ID Number Gender Age Breed
Chocolate Chocolate #22993949 Female 11 months Hound/Mix
Cooper Cooper #22823739 Male 8 months Shepherd/Mix
Devo Devo #22020953 Male 3 years Whippet/Mix
Katsu Katsu #22766727 Male 9 months Staffordshire Bull Terrier/
Lennox Lennox #22182148 Male 10 months Labrador Retriever/Hound
Marino Marino #22233201 Male 3 years Rhodesian Ridgeback/
American Staffordshire Terrier 
Shady Shady #23082932 Male 1 year Border Collie/
Australian Cattle Dog 
Shelby Shelby #22352724 Female 2 years Labrador Retriever/Mix
Spikey Spikey #18798462 Male 3 years Catahoula Leopard Dog/
Great Dane 
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