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.



Awkward, goofy, and charming, Bob is the boy that everyone can’t help but fall madly in love with. 

After he graduates from PAWS, Bob has big plans of being an emotional support dog for someone who needs him.


Yoda is in desperate need of a top hat and a bow tie because he is the perfect gentleman!

At Rikers, he visits the mental health wards and working as a therapy dog. If he can work on his motivation, he’ll head to service dog college after PAWS.

Apple Pie

You got attention? Apple Pie wants it. She’s your go-to for cuddles and naps. This sweet as pie girl is happy to play with every dog who comes her way

Apple Pie is from Fulton County Animal Services in Georgia and she’ll be going to DCSPCA after graduation.


If you have a couch, Biscuit wants to be on it. He is the friend you want to hang with when you’re in the mood for a lowkey day of popcorn and binge-watching your favorite TV show.

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