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January 2015
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Project POOCH, Inc.®
Community Outreach Office
PO Box 305
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Phone: (503) 697-0623
Fax: (503) 636-5908

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility
2630 N. Pacific Highway
Woodburn, OR 97071
(503) 981-9531, x243
Visits by appointment only

Darla, a Project POOCH Graduate






April 13 - July 5 Dimes for a Difference
(Whole Foods Market Bridgeport)
Sat, April 18 Outreach - PetSmart (Salem)
Sat, April 18
Sun, April 19
Outreach - NW Pet Fair (Portland Expo Center)
Sat, April 25 Outreach - Mud Bay
(Lake Oswego)
Sun, April 26 Fifty Licks Benefit Day
(SE Portland)
Sat, May 16 Outreach - Hollywood Farmers Market
Sat, June 27 Outreach - Beaverton Farmers Market
Sun, June 28 Pub Night at The White Eagle
(N. Portland)
Tues, Aug 18 - Sun, Aug 23 Step It Up Studios Dance Contest
(Benson Hotel)
Sun, Oct 11 Race for the Rescues
(Ptld. Intnl. Raceway)
Thurs, Nov 19 2nd Annual ArtBark Show and Sale
(downtown Portland)

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Project 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.

POOCH volunteers in action

At Project POOCH we rely on the generosity of everyone in our community to make our program work. Some of the unsung heroes are our volunteer POOCH Ambassadors and Fundraising Committee members. Throughout the year, they quietly, yet diligently, work to plan events, contact area vendors for donations, staff booths braving rainy and hot weather conditions, and spread the word about our mission.Without their time, energy, creativity, ideas, and enthusiasm, the many events we hold to bring fellow dog lovers and supporters together wouldn't be possible. Nor would we be able to increase awareness in the community about Project POOCH, and ultimately raise all the funds we need to meet our mission and help the youth and dogs in our program.

We’d like to send a HUGE Thank you to our POOCH Ambassadors and Volunteer Fundraising Committee members Lisa Aubin, Christina Baker (Project POOCH Board Member), Juanita Garnow, Cody Kuenzi, Elyse Lopez, Erica O’Connell, Katharine Poppin, Madison Ross, Tracy Sampson, Tom Steinhoff, Roxanne Thomas (Project POOCH Board Member), Evan Throckmorton, Kelsey Waymire, and Kristen Weber for all their hard work and dedication!

If you’re interested in joining this fun group of people and helping spread the word about Project POOCH, we’d love to hear from you! Just email DeVida.
Learn more about our Volunteer Opportunities.


It's Project POOCH Month at
Mud Bay in Lake Oswego!

Announcing our new Happy Tails! Web page

We are so proud of our POOCH alums, whether they go on to be the beloved family pet, hike mountains, become experts at agility, or help bring calm to and build trust in those going through difficult times. We love sharing their stories and are thrilled to announce our new Happy Tails! page on our Web site. Patton Therapy Dog ID PhotoThe latest update we received was from POOCH alum, Patton’s mom….

POOCH Alum Patton is helping others 

We recently learned that POOCH alum, Patton, is going above and beyond the call of being the family’s furbaby — he’s helping children overcome their anxieties and fears. Youth helped him at Project POOCH and he’s returning the favor to youth in need. His mom wrote us asking us to share his story:

He is well loved and fully integrated into my home and my life! He is a working dog. He is a member of the Therapy Dog team at Trillium Family Services Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis. He is resilient. Today he was at work at the CFH where he played with several kids, cuddled with a few others, played with a Newfoundland puppy that was bigger than himself, and even sat in on a staff interview." (Read more)

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