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We’re celebrating 30 years! 1987-2017. 

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.

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Fall 2018 Class

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We are happy to share the Fab Five participating in our fall class! While the 4 groups of teens are teaching their dogs, they will be learning patience, respect, responsibility…

HALT and 100 Women Who Care

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There is a fabulous new organization in Knoxville that started last spring called 100 Women Who Care. Like HALT, sometimes the simplest idea can have a big impact. "100 Women.…

6th Annual Picture Day with Smokey X

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It's football time in Tennessee!! Thank you to the University of Tennessee's mascot Smokey X and his handlers, the UT Cheer Squad, Mast General Store, Michele Lewellyn Photography, and everyone…
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