The event raised nearly $300,000, a record for the organization.
At the gala, it was announced that Good Dog is partnering with Pace University’s Department of Criminal Justice and the Metropolitan Correction Center, Federal Bureau of Prisons, to design and implement a novel parenting program for female inmates.
Pace and Good Dog, working at MCC, will develop, implement and evaluate a first-of-its-kind program that weaves together a best practice prisoner-parenting curriculum with specially trained therapy dogs and their human handlers, who will be psychologists, clinical social workers and/or licensed professional therapists.
The professional therapy dog teams will assist inmates in exploring emotional trauma, facilitate communication and trust between prisoners and parenting teachers, and create a framework for improved relationships between inmates and their children. The goals of the program include decreasing maladaptive behavior in prison, giving female inmates skills to be better parents once released from prison, and ultimately reducing recidivism.
For more information about The Good Dog Foundation is available at www.thegooddogfoundation.org.