Pathways to Hope Shelter Dog Training Programs



The Pathways to Hope training programs are cooperative partnerships between OC Animal Care, Pathways to Hope and local correctional facilities. The goal of this partnership is to improve the lives of incarcerated individuals and shelter dogs. The dogs in this program are both potty and crate trained and have learned their basic manners and obedience skills. In return, the dogs teach the program trainers responsibility, re­spect and the rewards of unconditional love. All the dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption.  If you would like more information, please contact Donna Shawver at donna@pathwaystohope.org or 951-255-0302.

The PAW Program (Pups and Wards)
Orange County Probation- Juvenile Hall

The youth have the opportunity to visit OC Animal Care prior to the dogs arrival for training. During that visit, the youth are shocked to see so many wonderful and loving dogs that have lost their homes for one reason or another. The empathy the youth experience during their visit to the shelter helps to empower them to take their training responsibility seriously, as they want to make sure the dog they train goes to a loving home, and not back to the shelter because of bad manners.


The COLLAR Program

OC Sheriff's Department-James A. Musick Facility

The initial COLLAR (Canines Offering Life Lessons and Rewards) pilot program has been approved for expansion at this Orange County jail facility.  The second cycle will begin in June and permission has been granted to increase the number of canine participants by 50%.  Three inmates are assigned to each dog in training and  the County has designated this program as their full-time job assignment.


    

Autism Service Dogs Program
California Institution for Women - Chino, CA

Our goals for this program are lofty as we are training shelter dogs to become working partners for children afflicted with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The dogs participate in a 10 week basic obedience module and then move on to advanced training where they learn specific techniques to help their qualified clients and their families.

Dogs Available for Adoption



Jackson
5 Years Old
Neutered Male
Lab Mix

Jackson was selected for the PAW program because of his affectionate persona and his loving desire to please! After a few weeks in the program, he blossomed into a wonderful and caring companion who loves everyone he meets. He was the best student in the training program and excelled by learning all his basic obedience commands in record time! His temperament and manners are exceptional! He is extremely sweet and social and is happy taking a walk, playing in the water or just lying by your feet.  If you would like more information on adoption, please contact Donna Shawver at donna@pathwaystohope.org or 951-255-0302.

 

Peanut
1 Year Old
Neutered Male
Miniature Poodle

Peanut is truly a bundle of joy and loves every person and dog he meets! He was selected for the PAW training program because of his darling personality. He will certainly make you laugh while fetch and begging for belly rubs! Like most Poodles, he is very smart and loves to learn new things. He has made great progress in the program! He and Jackson will be ready for their forever home after their graduation on September 20th.  If you would like more information on adoption, please contact Donna Shawver at donna@pathwaystohope.org or 951-255-0302