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September 27, 2015
October 11, 2015
Hounds of Prison Education
The HOPE Program received the Jefferson Award for Public Service!
Click here to watch the news video, starring our own Kelly McGinley!
The HOPE (Hounds
of Prison Education) Program was launchedin March of 2005
in an effort to help more homeless animals find their way into
forever homes. Sponsored by the Central
Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA), the HOPE Program works
in conjunction with the State Correctional Institute at Camp
Hill and CPAA member rescues. The program pairs
carefully screened inmates with needy dogs for a 6-12 week
period. The inmates work together with a professional
trainer, prison staff and HOPE volunteers to provide the dogs
with basic obedience training, socialization, behavior modification
and one-on-one attention. The dogs involved in the program
graduate with a wealth of valuable skills that help give them
a paw up on finding a home.
inmates and the dogs live together in the cell and attend weekly
training sessions. They follow a strict training regimen
which provides the dogs with the structure the need to adapt
into a traditional home. Many of the dogs who are involved
in the program have mild behavior and social issues, have been
in foster care for an extra long period of time or just need
some extra one-on-one attention to get them up to snuff and
ready for adoption. By the time they are paroled, the
dogs have become more confident, better behaved and are looking
forward to starting a new life on the outside. For
information on adopting one of these wonderful animals and
to read their weekly prison journals, please click
Support HOPE (Hounds of Prison Education)
Help the HOPE Dogs with a Prison Care Package!
Click here for a printable poster. From $10 to $200, each level buys something the dogs enrolled in the HOPE program need - from toys to flea & tick treatments to leashes and bowls to training to prepare them for life outside of the prison. Pick your level (click the here to find out what each level specifically provides) and send some love to a HOPE dog usng the donation buttons below.