What is the PAWS program?
Viva! has partnered with the Valencia County Shelter and the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility to set dogs and inmates up for future success! During each cycle of the PAWS program, 10 dogs will be fostered at the prison, where the inmates will learn to train their foster dogs and help them learn skills that will help them be more adoptable to future families. Each inmate and dog in this program is extensively vetted for everyone's safety. Each cycle of the PAWS prison program runs for 12 weeks, after which the dogs will be obedience certified, and then transferred back to Viva!'s care to be adopted out locally, sent to a foster home, or transferred to one of our trusted rescue partners.
This program helps everyone involved- the shelter gets a relief in space by taking these dogs out of their kennels, the dogs not only get to leave the shelter environment to a more home-like situation, but they also receive training that can really make a huge difference in their chances of finding forever, and the inmates receive valuable skills by learning how to properly train and look after the dogs in their care. It's a win-win for everyone!
To see more information about our currently available PAWS dogs, click on any of the pictures below.
Each PAWS prison dog has an adoption fee of $250.
This is to cover the costs incurred with the program itself and includes everything a normal Viva! adoption includes.
Below are our PAWS Prison Graduates who are available for adoption! Click on any of their pictures to find more info on them! Our next cycle of PAWS dogs graduate on May 23!
Below are some pictures from our current group of dogs that are in training with the PAWS program, in cycle 3! They are learning obedience AND agility! They will become available in August.