The purpose behind the Shelter program is to help dogs in Los Angeles City shelters who have been housed within the system and overlooked by the public for four months or longer. The program is designed to serve as innovative programming within California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities, increase Paws For Life K9 Rescue’s successful long-term adoptions of hard-to-place dogs, as well as, provide a positive outcome on public adoptions through Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS). Shelter is a six to eight-week program that takes place within the correctional setting. Inmates work alongside professional dog trainers for two to four hours each day, five days a week.
The Shelter program is an innovative means to give large dogs who have languished in the shelter system for a considerable amount of time and been perpetually overlooked, a real chance for love and a place to call home. Because of the hands-on training and socialization the dogs receive, our dogs are more likely to have successful long-term home placements and fewer owner surrenders due to temperament and correctable behavior issues.