Canine Connections

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Our Winter dogs are here and ready to learn. Graduation day will be Wednesday,June 14th, but once you see a dog you like, we encourage you to contact us ASAP.

Who We Are

Echo Glen is a coeducational juvenile correctional program for adolescents between the ages of 11-20. Echo Glen serves the youngest male offenders and females with special needs. The Canine Connections Program continues to be a strong therapeutic component at Echo Glen. We pair residents at Echo Glen Children's Center (at risk youth) with unwanted dogs, many on doggie death row, giving both dog and student a second chance. We give them an opportunity to experience responsibility, patience and conflict resolution skills, promoting emotional development. We provide skill building, educational, and vocational opportunities in kennel operations, grooming, vet tech. and training. Our residents continue to compare the dogs to their life--unwanted, neglected, abused and locked-up but involved in training and treatment. We consistently observe the youth transferring the cognitive behavioral skills taught to them by their counselors to their work with the dog. The student handlers are the dogs counselors. They write treatment reports and plans. It is our belief that this process only enhances the youths commitment to change. Participants learn to utilize behavioral therapy methods of positive reinforcement in shaping their dogs behavior. Canine Connections is a part of the Snohomish County 4-H dog program and is a part of the Issaquah School district. Students maintain 4-H journals and participate in the county dog program requirements. Prior to adoption, handler and dogs complete a basic Obedience Test. Dogs are typically maintained in the program for 7-8 weeks. After this intense interaction with the student trainer, the dogs are "paroled" to permanent adoptive homes. The student/trainer conducts the exit interview with the new adoptive family, explaining the dogs background, training methods and offers advice in caring for the dog. The student trainer experiences a sense of accomplishment in a job well done. This interview helps in the "letting go" process for the handler. Research has shown that the bond between an animal and a human can have significant lifelong benefits for both. This program is a Win-Win for both students and dogs. The Canine Connections Program is committed to fostering this bond and achieving lifelong benefits for the juvenile offenders and dogs in their care. Canine Connections is a non profit agency relying on grants and private donations.

Volunteers are needed. We need experienced dog trainers, vet. techs, groomers or other related areas. We Especially need weekend, evening and morning help, to feed, clean Kennels and exercise dogs. We are always looking for good foster homes that could take a dog anywhere from a weekend up to a few weeks. Call us at 425-831-2717 to volunteer or foster. Please leave a name, phone number and e-mail address. We try to return calls within a couple days. We are also always looking for short term foster homes for the dogs.

Adopting a friend

Please email or call 425-831-2717 to inquire about a dog. Let us know which dog you are interested in. After a phone interview let us know if you are interested in arranging to have the dog stay with you for a weekend. Sometimes this is a good opportunity to see if the dog will fit your lifestyle and family. Note that we are a closed State Institution and only approved visitors will be allowed. If you are looking for a companion (and are not sure what you are looking for yet) and would like to come meet our current group of dogs, please also feel free to call or e-mail. We are happy to talk to you about how different breeds might work with your situation and let you interact with the dogs. Please call and leave a message or send an e-mail (preferred method). Please allow a few days for phone response. Adoption line: Phone: 425-831-2717 e-mail: at Fax: 425-831-2720 Adoption Fee is $250 dollars for adult dogs and puppies. Plus spay/neuter fee if applicable (usually pertains to puppies.) The adult dogs are spayed/neutered, current on vaccination and trained.

Come Visit Us!

Please call ahead or e-mail at to make an appointment. Leave a message at 425-831-2717. Special evening and weekend hours can be arranged in advance.

We are located in Snoqualmie. About 8 miles east of Issaquah. Take exit 25 off of I-90. This is the Snoqualmie Pkwy. and hwy. 18 exit. Going East, turn left at exit, go under freeway. Turn left on SE 99th (at bottom of hill). There will be a sign that says Echo Glen Children's Center. This is the entrance into the institution. At the gate, push the Buzzer and tell them you are here for a dog. This is an institution and only approved visitors will be allowed. You must check-in at the administration building.

Canine Connections
33010 SE 99th
Snoqualmie WA 98065
Phone: 425-831-2578

Email: Program Director:Tina Reeves at
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