Division of Correction

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Paws in Prison


Arkansas Paws in Prison is committed to rehabilitating inmates and giving shelter dogs a second chance at life. Selected inmates have the opportunity to become trainers of rescue dogs in the program. Inmates work with the dogs teaching them basic obedience skills and properly socializing the animals, making them more adoptable. Paws in Prison is made possible through our partnership with animal shelters and rescue groups around the state. Since the program began on December 8, 2011, Paws in Prison has expanded to seven facilities throughout the state, and more than 1,800 shelter dogs have been trained and adopted out to the public. 

View all of the dogs available for adoption.

The benefits of this program are three-fold. Paws in Prison reduces the number of dogs euthanized each year in Arkansas by preparing them to be loving, obedient, adoptable pets. Inmate trainers are able to contribute to society and acquire skills that support successful rehabilitation and re-entry into society, which improves public safety. The Department of Corrections has seen a positive impact on daily interactions between inmates and employees since the program began, which ultimately improves security inside the prison. 

Arkansas Paws in Prison Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can make a tax-deductible donation online or by mail. Please send checks to Arkansas Paws in Prison, 1302 Pike Avenue, Suite C – North Little Rock, AR 72114. The program is supported by private donations and the sale of recyclables.

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Your donations are critical to the success and future of the program. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today and give the gift of second chances.

 

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