Tracy and Reggie
Tracy came to CPL for a successor home companion dog after her Maggie Mae passed away over three years ago. To quote Tracy from her application “I now …
CPL has our own in-house breeding program. We are thrilled with its success, which has produced many wonderful service dogs. We are fortunate to also receive additional puppies from breeders from all over the country who share our vision and standards. We do not sell any of the puppies. All dogs enter one of our programs to change someone’s life.
Canine Partners for Life has 50–60 puppies being raised by volunteers at any given time. Puppy homes are volunteers who agree to raise an eight-week-old puppy within their homes for 12–18 months. The puppy home is responsible for providing the pup with basic obedience training, house manners, and exposure to public environments.
Created in 2001, our Prison Puppy Raising Program benefits both CPL and the institutions’ inmates and staff. The prison as a whole is a softer environment thanks to the pups. The pups bring smiles to a place that is often hard and cold. Puppies can provide unconditional love and offer no judgment. Inmates experience the feelings of success and fulfillment which come from dedication, hard work, commitment, and love. Through this program, the inmates are able to give back to the community and help change lives.
The first group of puppies were placed at the Maryland Correctional Institute For Women (MCIW) in Jessup, MD. The program quickly spread to five other facilities in Pennsylvania (SCI Cambridge Springs, SCI Muncy, SCI Smithfield, SCI Albion and SCI Greene) and two in Maryland — the Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI) and the Maryland Correctional Institute — Jessup (MCIJ). There are approximately 4–6 puppies being raised at each facility at any given time.