As Prison Pet Partnership staff and board members gathered this past fall for a local retreat, one goal that was set was recreating our mission statement. Our old mission statement defined specific tasks we do at PPP but did not sufficiently encompass all that we do. We are not just a service dog training organization; we train dogs for therapy work and as companion animals, too. We are not just a boarding and grooming facility but we teach offenders job skills, help them transition into the community and provide follow up support to help them stay out of prison. Additionally, our mission didn’t mention our impact in the community as PPP’s reach goes well beyond the prison walls.
After much discussion about how the program has grown and the possibilities for growth in the future, we have a new mission statement! Prison Pet Partnership enriches the lives of inmates, homeless animals and the community through the human-animal bond. Our new mission allows us to continue to grow in many directions using our foundation of rescuing and training homeless animals and providing job skills training to women inmates. While we will continue to rescue, train and place service, therapy and companion animals, we also provide animal-assisted therapeutic visits to local convalescent centers, help students improve reading skills by having dogs listen while children read aloud. We will still have boarding and grooming facilities to teach women inmates job skills, we also help inmates write resumes, and practice interviewing skills. PPP also scouts for job opportunities in the community in which she will be released, and provides support through job placement as she transitions back into the community.
Prison Pet Partnership staff and Board of Directors are committed to the continued success of this organization. At the retreat this fall we met to discuss opportunities for growth and set the groundwork for further planning around board sustainability, capacity building, and program development. Our new mission statement is the first step in this process and we are excited about PPP’s future!
Prison Pet Partnership began in 1982 as part of Tacoma Community College’s inmate education program. Prison Pet Partnership became an independent Washington nonprofit corporation on May 30, 1990, and is registered with the IRS as a 501c3.
Prison Pet Partnership’s facility is located on the grounds of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, Washington. The program is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The day-to-day operations are the responsibility of an Executive Director, a Training Coordinator, and a Vocational Education Coordinator with support provided by a Program Assistant. Inmate employees support the boarding kennel, the grooming service, and service dog training.
- We value compassion and respect for people and animals.
- We value commitment to service.
- We value education and growth.
- We value building partnerships in a community.
For more information about our organization, view our About Us and History pages.