Sometimes it’s the simplest concept that has the greatest impact. An unwanted dog in an animal shelter, a troubled teenager in a group home. How can they help each other?
Founded in 1987, the H.A.L.T. Program (Humans and Animals Learning Together) provides a therapeutic intervention for at-risk adolescents through dog obedience training. Dogs are rescued from area shelters for the class and then adopted after the class is complete. While the dogs are learning basic obedience from their adolescent handlers, the kids are learning about teamwork, self-respect, patience, and understanding from their dogs. Learn more about our story here.
Classes are held in the spring and fall. Click on the pictures below to see the Fall 2017 class. We are happy to share Half Pint, Will, Kate, Lila, and Petals have all been adopted. All dogs that go through the program are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, on heartworm preventative, and will have basic obedience training at the end of their class. Dog selection for our spring 2018 class will begin late March. Classes are scheduled to start April 9th.
Check out our Events page to see upcoming adoption events and other fun events that will be going on this fall.
To date, H.A.L.T. has successfully worked with more than 1500 troubled teens, and each one of these young lives has been affected by their experience at H.A.L.T. More than 400 adult dogs have been rescued from euthanasia, obedience trained and successfully adopted.
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