roject POOCH, Inc,® has successfully paired youths incarcerated at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon, with homeless shelter dogs since 1993.
Youths (guided by professionals) learn to train the dogs, groom them, and find them new adoptive "forever homes." The dogs leave the program ready to be great pets, while their trainers re-enter the community with new job and personal skills and increased compassion and respect for all life.
Project POOCH, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, Tax ID # 93-1252054 – your donation is tax-deductible.
At Project POOCH we rely on the generosity of everyone in our community to make our program work. Some of the unsung heroes are our volunteer POOCH Ambassadors and Fundraising Committee members. Throughout the year, they quietly, yet diligently, work to plan events, contact area vendors for donations, staff booths braving rainy and hot weather conditions, and spread the word about our mission.Without their time, energy, creativity, ideas, and enthusiasm, the many events we hold to bring fellow dog lovers and supporters together wouldn't be possible. Nor would we be able to increase awareness in the community about Project POOCH, and ultimately raise all the funds we need to meet our mission and help the youth and dogs in our program.
We’d like to send a HUGE Thank you to our POOCH Ambassadors and Volunteer Fundraising Committee members Lisa Aubin, Christina Baker (Project POOCH Board Member), Juanita Garnow, Cody Kuenzi, Elyse Lopez, Erica O’Connell, Katharine Poppin, Madison Ross, Tracy Sampson, Tom Steinhoff, Roxanne Thomas (Project POOCH Board Member), Evan Throckmorton, Kelsey Waymire, and Kristen Weber for all their hard work and dedication!
Announcing our new Happy Tails! Web page
We are so proud of our POOCH alums, whether they go on to be the beloved family pet, hike mountains, become experts at agility, or help bring calm to and build trust in those going through difficult times. We love sharing their stories and are thrilled to announce our new Happy Tails! page on our Web site. The latest update we received was from POOCH alum, Patton’s mom….
POOCH Alum, Patton is helping others
We recently learned that POOCH alum, Patton, is going above and beyond the call of being the family’s furbaby — he’s helping children overcome their anxieties and fears. Youth helped him at Project POOCH and he’s returning the favor to youth in need. His mom wrote us asking us to share his story:
“He is well loved and fully integrated into my home and my life! He is a working dog. He is a member of the Therapy Dog team at Trillium Family Services Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis. He is resilient. Today he was at work at the CFH where he played with several kids, cuddled with a few others, played with a Newfoundland puppy that was bigger than himself, and even sat in on a staff interview." (Read more)
March Events You Won't Want to Miss
- Unleashed by PETCO "Spring-a-Pet" Campaign to benefit Project POOCH.
This spring, the Unleashed by PETCO on Powell Boulevard in Portland has generously chosen Project POOCH, Inc., as one of two benefiting charities for their annual "Spring-a-Pet" Campaign. What a wonderful show of support! We are thrilled! Campaign donations are being accepted from March 7 – March 29. Shoppers can make their selections and upon checkout choose to make an additional donation to support the campaign. Funds raised will be shared equally between us and the other benefiting charity. This location of Unleashed is also generously helping collect donations from our Wish List. If you shop there, please check out the table display at the front of the store.