My name is Gary Romanski I was incarcerated for a probation violation probably around my 6th or 7th. I was sentenced to 11 and a half to 23 months. I was sitting in jail ready to do my time when one day a man came around with a list for the new Leash On Life program. At first I signed up because it could get me out of jail early but when I was accepted I started going to the classes and realized that this was something that could be very beneficial to me. It made me look at the things I can do instead of dwelling on all of the doors that were closed to me. It opened my mind to broader possibilities not only is this program great for the dogs whose lives have been saved but it is greatly beneficial to people incarcerated who don't have much of a plan upon release me being one of those people. I learned a lot about myself I learned a lot about dogs and people in general. This program made me realize how great my potential Can be with positive people having your back. The selflessness that the people who run this program display is amazing I owe a lot to these people including Rob, Kim, Tamar, Laura, and mr. Jerome Peterson. Any group of people or program that takes time out to help people that are in maybe the most difficult time of their lives is something special that cannot be described with words but I figured I would try I owe them that much for really giving me a new leash on life. No pun intended. Thank you. Gary Romanski
I am proud to donate to this notable organization whose dual mission appeals to the dog-lover and social justice advocate in me. Their stories are compelling (successful rehabilitation of undervalued shelter dogs and inmates) and are effectively communicated to supporters. I would love to see NLOL find a broader social media platform with which to toot its horn!
I met the Founder of New Leash on Life three years ago. At the time I was not aware of the number of dogs euthanized each year and also had very little experience with exoffenders or those still incarcerated. New Leash not only raised my awareness but commitment to give my skills, talents, time, as a fundraiser to improving the conditions and morale for incarcerated men and women, and enhancing the adoptability of the dogs pulled from local high-kill shelters.
Keep an eye on this organization! They have become the gold standard for providing inmates with successful reentry back into their communities where they settle and thrive. Couple this with saving dogs from incarceration in shelters - otherwise, euthanasia a likely outcome. Best practices for others to follow.
New Leash on Life USA transforms both the lives of the dogs that they rescue as well as the inmates that they serve, and I couldn't be prouder to support the organization on a personal and professional level. Marian and her team truly make a difference in the Philadelphia community through rescuing the lives of unwanted shelter dogs and empowering inmates through empathy, skill, and character building. NLOL's commitment to inmates before, during, and after they leave prison is the critical link to the success of the program. The impact that the NLOL program has on the inmates and the community-at-large cannot be quantified by just a statistic as the organization does so much more than lower recidivism rates or save shelter dogs, it changes lives. I proudly support New Leash on Life USA and will continue to do my part in helping to further their mission!
Philly Pet Hotel
It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve on New Leash on Life-USA's Board of Directors. This is an exceptionally well run non-profit organization that continues to successfully accomplish outcomes of reducing recidivism through creating employment opportunities for inmates upon parole and saving the lives of at-risk shelter dogs. Marian Marchese and her terrific team, along with our Board Members and many volunteers have positioned New Leash on Life-USA to continue making a significant positive impact to the community for many years to come. John Melcher
I have been working w New Leash on Life USA for a year now as both a communications advisor and volunteer. Since I have helped them tell their amazing story in many different ways, I know well now that this program works - it changes and transforms individuals and animals lives. Former inmates deserve a chance to get a job after serving their time in prison - New Leash helps make that happen. And hard-to-adopt shelter dogs deserve a chance to be adopted into a forever home. This program makes that happen too. The staff is amazing. Volunteers are incredible. I want to adopt a dog and give a former inmate a job -- hopefully, I will be able to do that someday. For now, I donate time and money :) and have the privilege of working with them.
New Leash on Life is a GREAT organization that truly cares for every life that is involved with their program. I love the work that they are involved with! I adopted my dog from NLOL and he is the greatest; I couldn't be happier.
Prior to entering the New Leash On Life Program I was heading nowhere and fast. During my evil escapade I was shot twice and stabbed 8 times. Death was knocking on my front door. I joined the New Leash On Life Program just to help out with boredom while incarcerated. Never did I imagine it would be a life changing experience. I'm working on 5 yrs now of being a free man. During that time I have been working at ACCT. Just bought a house to go with my growing family. Never in a million yrs did I picture myself getting this far in life. All thanks to New Leash On Life for opening up that door for me.
I work at a prison that partnered with New Leash on Life in teaching inmates how to train shelter dogs to become service dogs. Everyone I have encountered from NLOL is wonderful & really dedicated to helping not only these sweet shelter dogs but helping inmates provide something so positive to the public.
You are awesome! Your work has been praised by many and it has inspired me SO much that I would like to get more acquainted with your program and emulate your magnificent work overseas! I think that "New Leash on Life USA' is a fantastic initiative. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. Would love to visit you in person and learn first-hand about your best practices. May God bless all of you. Thanks! Wanda Barquin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Leash on Life is my favorite cause to support through Smile Amazon and through their amazing fundraisers. They help people to help themselves and it benefits not only the inmates in the program but they also rescue and save the lives of dogs, how can that be anything but a winner. As a group, they are always upbeat, innovative, informative (tips from Tamar) and fun. I think I get more than I give! Thanks to New Leash on Life, I'm glad to be part of the "team". From a Grateful Supporter!
A friend introduced me to this organization and I can't say enough about it. They have changed the lives of many inmates and taught them a life skill to use when they are released. It's very important work that gives them hope for a life that will keep them out of prison. They also rescue the animals that would otherwise be euthanized. These animals are well trained by the inmates and adopted by families after they go through the program. If you love animals and want to do something good for your community, support this organization.
We can't say enough about this organization--it's well-organized and professional, but also personal. The staff are extremely dedicated and the results speak for themselves. It's rare to find such a win-win situation, but this is one of them!
This organization is wonderful what it does for the dogs and the prisoners!! I hired Jennifer Green to help our dogs and she is wonderful!!
My Ex (still a BFF) has been a Parole/Probation Officer in Philadelphia for 30 years. When I brought NLOL to his attention 3 years ago, his interest was piqued (we rescue) and he began to monitor the program's progress. He is a well-seasoned cynic and was blown away by the true, lasting effect this program has on everyone involved. Me? I've known for years that to help to integrate Men/Women into society there must be a touchstone. Dogs are the key to opening a person's eyes and heart. I am staying in Brielle, NJ this Summer...was wearing my NLOL tee at the local ShopRite and was stopped by an Employee who asked about the "DOC" imprint. We ended up talking for 30 minutes. He is running for a local Board. Guess who is hosting a fund-raiser?
These guys saved one of my favorite dogs at ACCT philly last summer - MACHO! They do amazing work saving dogs, transforming lives and I could not be more impressed by their program.
We adopted our lovable Sallie from NLOL. Even our Lola loves her and she doesn't usually like other dogs. This is a remarkable organization. To rehab a person cannot be easy and to rehab a dog is not easy either. NLOL does both with terrific success. People make mistakes. Their lives should not be over. NLOL makes it possible for people to have a 2nd chance, to feel worthy of a 2nd chance. Feeling loved is so important to being a success. These dogs just love, unconditionally. It's a win win. thank you NLOL
I have been following this charity for some time now, from the UK, and I must say I find it truly inspiring. I, particularly, feel that it benefits the whole of society. Rehabilitation of prisoners is essential to reduce re-offending, and this project transforms the inmates lives, be their sentences long term or life. It treats them as humans and makes them humane, it gives them social skills they might otherwise never achieve. As another bonus it saves lives of animals who also have been outcast. It is fantastic.