Prison Pet Partnership Program

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Who We Are

Prison Pet Partnership Program is a non-profit organization located on the grounds of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor.

We give inmates the opportunity to learn valuable pet industry-related vocational skills to use in finding employment when they resume their lives outside of prison. All inmate employees have the opportunity to work toward Pet Care Technician Certification, levels One and Two, through the American Boarding Kennels Association.

All of the animals brought into the program for training are all in need of a second chance. Some are selected from other rescue groups and shelters and some are provided to the program by private individuals needing to rehome their pet. We give these animals a chance to lead lives of service rather than be destroyed. Our service dogs are able to respond to the needs of individuals who experience seizures, those who live with various illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, and those who have multiple disabilities, by providing assisting them in their daily activities and by giving them increased independence. According to Assistance Dogs International, the cost of providing high quality training for Service/Seizure Response/Therapy Dogs is approximately $15,000 per animal. It takes approximately eight months to train these dogs, and only one out of every 15 to 20 dogs selected for our program has the intelligence and temperament necessary to become a Service or Therapy Dog. Dogs who do not make it as Service Dogs are trained in basic obedience that allow them to be placed in the community as Paroled Pets.

Studies on the human/animal bond have reached the not surprising conclusion that humans benefit from the unqualified love and acceptance that only animals can provide. Animals need to be loved in return. The shared bond between our dogs, their trainers, and above all, their eventual owners provides a feeling of satisfaction that directly contributes to the mental and physical wellness of all who are involved.

This is the essence of what the Prison Pet Partnership Program has provided over the years to the inmates who work with the dogs, the dogs who are given the chance to lead lives of service, and the individuals with disabilities who receive the well trained dogs to help increase their level of independence.

Adopting a friend

A lot is expected of a service dog. Being a service dog is, without question, a full-time job. While some dogs thrive on this kind of working lifestyle, many more are more content to provide companionship to a family of their own. Prison Pet Partnership strives to find the best placement for each individual dog - whether it's as a working service dog, visiting therapy dog or a treasured family companion. These family companions, our "paroled pets," are made available for adoption to the public. Paroled pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and many are screened for hip dysplasia (as appropriate to the individual dog). Most of our paroled pets have been trained in at least twenty commands, have been introduced to being groomed regularly and have received the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen certification with their inmate handler before being adopted.

Please follow the link above or send an email for an adoption application. If you don't see a dog you like on our Petfinder page, please feel free to submit an application. We do keep applications on file and active for up to three months and contact applicants prior to posting dogs on Petfinder.

Come Visit Us!

Prison Pet Partnership is located on the grounds of an adult correctional facility and, as such, isn't readily open to the public. We do hold monthly tours for perspective clients and supportors. Inquiries can be made by contacting our office at Once an application has been submitted and reviewed for a specific dogs, arrangements will be made for a meet and greet and home trial run.
Prison Pet Partnership Program
9601 Bujacich Road

Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Phone: 253.858.4240

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