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. 

Project POOCH is looking for its next Executive Director. This may be your chance to make a significant difference in the lives of young people and rescue dogs! If this leadership opportunity speaks to you, we encourage you to apply. We’ll begin screening applications on September 17, 2021.

Youth and a happy, attentive dog

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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