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
The only thing bigger than 10-month old Veda’s ears is her energy. She would like you to kiss her nose, but not before she kisses yours! We’re guessing she’ll grow into her ears, but we secretly hope she won’t because omg so cute!
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Blu is originally from Out of the Pits rescue and he’ll return there after graduation while he waits for his new family.