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Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Prison Pet Partnership emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 1981, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. 


Prison Pet Partnership enriches the lives of incarcerated individuals, animals, and the community through the human-animal bond.


Prison Pet Partnership (PPP) provides incarcerated individuals the opportunity to learn valuable pet care vocational skills to secure employment post-release. In addition to training, boarding, and grooming dogs, incarcerated individuals also have the opportunity to gain clerical and customer service skills.

PPP identifies dogs in shelters and purpose-bred puppies to train and place as service, facility, and therapy dogs. Service dogs are trained to provide mobility assistance, respond to seizures, and to assist those who experience combat-related PTSD - increasing the independence of their handlers. Facility dogs are trained to provide assistance in clinical settings. Therapy dogs are trained to assist children in hospitals, domestic violence survivors in court, and seniors in assisted living facilities.  

Studies of the human-animal bond have reached the not surprising conclusion that humans benefit from the unqualified love and acceptance that only animals can provide.  Incarcerated individuals earn certification as Pet Care Technicians, Groomers, Dog Trainers, and Veterinary Assistants. They love the dogs they care for and train and receive unconditional love in return. The positive mental health impacts to both the participants and dogs create a transformative experience for all involved. 

For years, Prison Pet Partnership has changed the lives of the incarcerated individuals who work with the dogs, the dogs who are given the chance to lead lives of service, and the individuals with disabilities who receive well-trained dogs to help increase their level of independence.

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