Since 1993, Project POOCH has helped rehome more than 500 shelter dogs through the efforts of more than 460 youth at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. The youth provide the time and care to make the dogs adoptable, while the dogs help the youth to be better suited for employment and life beyond bars.
Bottom Line for Portland
Project POOCH’s program has had zero recidivism—that is to say, none of the 460 participants have ended up back in jail after release.
“This has given me motivation to move forward and not give up.” —Former POOCH youth M., who now works as a dog trainer