Learning patience, responsibility, and compassion for all life
Project POOCH

Saving youth one dog at a time, since 1993.



Project 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 help them get adopted. 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. Both youth and dogs experience unconditional love, often for the first time. 

Our 2021 Campaign with 

Willamette Week Give!Guide is LIVE!

This year is FULL of fun incentives to give through the Willamette Week’s Give!Guide platform! Along with all of the fun Big Give Days this year, POOCH has partnered with our dear friends at Rogue Ales to bring you some prizes too!

Rogue Ales
  • All donations before December 10th will receive entry to Rogue Ales x Project POOCH’s Santa Paws Party on December 11th, where they will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with their pet and Santa.
  • Donations of $25 or more will receive a sticker from Rogue Ales.
  • Donations of $50 or more will receive a free pint of beer and a sticker from Rogue Ales.
  • Donations of $100 or more will receive the aforementioned free pint and sticker, as well as entry into a drawing to win a Party Pack from Rogue Ales that contains three bottles of spirits (Dead Guy Whiskey, Farmhouse Gin and Farmhouse Vodka), a case of beer, a case of Rogue soda, and a case of Rogue tonic and ginger beer.

What Drives Us

Project POOCH provides opportunities for youth in corrections to learn responsibility, patience, and compassion for all life by working with shelter dogs.


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