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January 19, 2010

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January 19, 2010

I have had five dogs over the past 34 years, and as much as I’ve hated to do it, there’ve been times when I’ve had to board them at a kennel. Of the six kennels that I’ve used over the years, the one operated by the Prison Pet Partnership Program is, hands down, the very best of them all. Here’s what makes PPPP’s kennel operation so special to me: a) Service: The offenders who run the day-to-day aspects of the kennel operation are both pet and pet owner friendly. When I’ve dropped off my dogs with the offenders, I know that I’ve left them in very caring hands. b) Cleanliness: The PPPP kennel is spotless and odor-free. I’ve visited some kennels where the odor was so foul that it’s made me gag. That’s not the case at the PPPP kennel. c) Affordability: I pay $28 a day to board my two pooches, which is just about one-half the rate that’s charged at other kennels in the area where I live. d) Security: Years ago, one of my dogs escaped from the kennel where it was being boarded. Although the dog was eventually recovered, I’ve been concerned ever since about my dogs running away. Getting loose at a kennel that’s operated inside a prison isn’t going to happen!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

boarding my two dogs there. I've kept them there three times while on vacation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm sorry, but I can't think of a thing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that they are giving my dogs the best care possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very pleasant and animal oriented. The "offenders" at the prison do the lion's share in overseeing the welfare of my dogs while the pooches are boarded there, and the kindness I've seen them show my dogs is superlative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enlargen the kennel so that more dogs could be boarded. The limited size of the kennel, combined with the high level demand for kennel space, often makes it difficult to board a pet there.

Ways to make it better...

there was more kennel space. On several occasions, I've cancelled or modified my travel plans because there wasn't space at the prison to keep my pets. And, quite frankly, I don't want to leave them elsewhere.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of aditional kennel space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope you'll keep up the great work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 16, 2010

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January 16, 2010

I have been a volunteer with the PPPP for almost six years now and have to say it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. It is an honor to be involved with a group that has such a positive influence both on unwanted dogs and people that have made a few mistakes but are trying to overcome their past. When I first heard about the program I was not enthusiastic about inmates having animals to play with while inprisoned, then I learned about all of the hard work that the inmates have to do to help the otherwise unwanted dogs to reach their full potential, either as a service dog or beloved pet. This program is such wonderful service for both the dogs, inmates and the folks that receive a service for no charge. It benefits everyone involoved, employees, volunteers and those who are inadvertently touched by the PPPP. The fundraisers are entertaining and very worthy of the time it takes to organize these events, I wholeheartedly endorse this program!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the adoption of unwanted dogs both for myself and for the program

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing except wish for them to have more funding for more room to take in more dogs!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camradrie of the ladies in the program and knowing that unwanted dogs are getting the love and care they so deserve!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

everyone has been kind, caring and informative

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

OMG, it could expand, expand, expand

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to the prison so I could participate more

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, and space

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am proud to be a volunteer with this program and am very proud of the work they do

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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