roject POOCH, Inc,® has successfully paired youths incarcerated at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon, with homeless shelter dogs since 1993.
Youths (guided by professionals) learn to train the dogs, groom them, and find them new adoptive "forever homes." The dogs leave the program ready to be great pets, while their trainers re-enter the community with new job and personal skills and increased compassion and respect for all life.
Project POOCH, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, Tax ID # 93-1252054 – your donation is tax-deductible.
Joan is chosen as sixth graders' HERO!
Congratulations to Joan Dalton, Project POOCH's founding executive director and current program director, for being selected as a local superhero!
Joan was honored at Beaverton's Health and Science School on January 23rd, along with other heroes from local non profits. Joan talked with the students about the human-animal bond and the life-changing work of Project POOCH. Joan also learned about the animals in the students' lives and answered any questions they had.
Thank you to sixth grader, Hannah, for nominating Joan!
Joan and her POOCH pup, Rufus
Lucy celebrates anniversary of love!
At Project POOCH, one of our favorite things (other than seeing a pooch find their forever home or a youth turn their life around) is receiving updates from adopters on how our POOCH alums are doing.
Recently, we received a surprise in the mail — a care package full of goodies. To celebrate the one year adoption anniversary of Lucy (known as Zena at POOCH), Lucy's mom sent us peanut butter, dog treats, and a gift card to Petco. All these items will come in handy when the youth train the dogs — an integral part of our program.
The note and pics of Lucy and mom were equally awesome! From Lucy's mom:
"Lucy's one year adoption anniversary is coming up and we wanted to send a big thank you to her trainer and your wonderful staff. Lucy seems to be having a great time in her new home and I love having her so much. We play fetch and take walks together all the time. She is a great companion! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your hard work with the dogs. ~ Sincerely, E. & Lucy"