Supporting the paws4people®️ Mission
Teaching inmates to train various types of Assistance Dogs and then manages and supervises the training of paws4people®️ Assistance Dogs.
The program inmates, a very high percentage of which have PTSD or CPTSD, learn how to train (basic and advanced obedience commands) to “shelter-rescue dogs,” then progress to training highly-trained Assistance Dogs, which know in excess of 100 commands.
How paws4prisons®️ Works
This program has served as an inmate rehabilitation program and has considerable success in aiding inmates with PTSD/C-PTSD to recover, or at the very least, better cope with, their PTSD/C-PTSD and its symptoms by utilizing the therapeutic benefits of “Special K-9 Powers” possessed by the dogs they train.
Our Training Venues
WVDOC Lakin Correctional Center West Columbia, WV (female)
WVDOC St. Marys Correctional Center, St. Marys, WV (male)
Beyond the Classroom
In addition to the academic curriculum all inmates are required to complete a series of leadership classes and essays designed to encourage the inmates to work toward acceptance of their crimes, seek forgiveness where appropriate, and move forward with their lives on a more positive and productive path. This program, while providing highly trained Assistance Dogs that meet the mission of paws4people®️ also teaches inmates to be:
Better Family Membrs
Proactive Instead of Reactive
More Disciplined in Their Daily Lives
Appreciative of all life has to offer
Compassionate, loving, patient, and tolerant of others
Start the Journey
Make a Difference
Get involved in volunteering with paws4people®️ events, programs, or training– your service can make a difference.