This Year’s Nonprofit Partner

Our 2019 Nonprofit Partner is Arkansas Paws in Prison.

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The Arkansas Paws in Prison canine training program gives inmates at six different Arkansas prisons the valuable opportunity to learn the vocation of dog training and to contribute to their communities while learning skills to support their rehabilitation and re-entry into life beyond bars. Inmate trainers work with rescue dogs on basic obedience skills and proper socialization to make the dogs more easily adoptable for a forever home.

Arkansas Paws in Prison rehabilitates inmates and dogs who need second chances.

The program works

Tracy Owen was one of the first inmate trainers chosen for the Paws in Prison program at the Hawkins Women’s Unit. It was clear from the moment she started that Tracy had an extraordinary connection with dogs, and it was at that moment that she found herself and her future.


In 2016, Tracy paroled out to Last Chance Arkansas and has been rescuing dogs ever since. She has been certified through Paws 4 Hope as a service and public access trainer and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She’s had two service dogs certified and is working on her third.

Tracy started her own canine training business, Dogs-a-must, which is growing fast with her demonstrated expertise and success.Tracy recently returned to prison, but in a completely different light. She has joined the team of professional trainers at Paws in Prison. Tracy is living proof that who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow. Instead of her life as a prison inmate, Tracy is a successful trainer whose past most certainly is not her future. Tracy is one reason Paws in Prison believes in second chances for Arkansas inmates.

More than 1,300 shelter dogs have been adopted into loving homes.

What Paws in Prison needs now


Paws in Prison is working to expand the program to the McPherson Unit, a women’s, medium-security prison in Newport, Arkansas, which lacks rehabilitative programs to prepare women for successful release. Paws in Prison can make an impact in this prison for these women—93 percent of the inmates expressed interest in participating if the program is offered—and for the dogs they train for placement in forever homes. The staff at McPherson, as well as the animal shelters in the area also demonstrated an overwhelmingly positive response.

The Numbers:
$10,000 to launch and $10,000 per year to sustain the program

How You Can Help

Contact Information

Follow Arkansas Paws in Prison on Facebook: @arkansaspawsinprison
Email: arpawsinprisonfoundation @ gmail . com