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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 in Knoxville, TN. 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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Meet Our Fall 2021 Class

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We are happy to share our new group of dogs participating in our fall class. Meet Fitz Gerald, Moose, Scarlett, Jolene, and Maple! They have their first outing at the…

Fall 2021 Class Update

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Great news! We will be back this fall! Over the last year and a half, we've been missing our volunteers, kids, and pups. We have a lot of fun with…

Spring 2021 Classes

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The world is making progress, but we will not be holding our Spring 2021 class due to the COVID outbreak. We are hopeful that we will be able to start…
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