PAWS of Purpose
Animal Farm Foundation and the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) work together to make a positive impact in the lives of dogs and people through the PAWS of Purpose Program at Rikers Island.
We match eight dogs with two groups of inmates for an 8-week residency at Rikers Correctional Facility. The dogs live with the inmates and receive 24/7 care and attention.
A certified professional dog trainer works closely with the PAWS participants to provide the dogs with daily care, companionship, training, and socialization. The dogs learn basic manners and housetraining during their stay at Rikers.
After graduating from the program the dogs go on to become assistance dogs, detection dogs, or pet dogs.
MEET THE DOGS
Sarge is that low-key friend you never get tired of hanging out with. “Chill” should be his middle name. He loves hanging out with other dogs, but he’s happy on the sidelines chewing on sticks and just being himself.
Mikasa, affectionately known as Mika, already has big plans post-PAWS of Purpose. She plans on earning a post-graduate degree as a psychiatric service dog. Her playfulness combined with her superpower of expert cuddling will come in handy while she learns the task of deep pressure therapy
Mika is from Dekalb County Animal Services in Georgia.
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Odin is a service dog in training and is spending some time at Rikers. He is always so happy to meet people and other dogs, but his joy doesn’t keep him from being a good listener or an excellent student.
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Pepe Le Pew
We swear this boy isn’t stinky! But he is a lover! He is ALWAYS happy to see you and lets you know by a cute little wiggle of his head. He likes long walks on trails, playing with friends, and extra snuggly cuddles.
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