New Leash on Life/Piedmont Animal Welfare Alliance

Club Contact: Louise Mowbray


Changing Men’s Lives, One Dog at a Time

Winston Salem Dog Training Club (WSDTC) has partnering with the New Leash on Life/Piedmont Animal Welfare Alliance (PAWA) and the Forsyth Correctional Center in the New Leash on Life dog training program in Winston Salem.  This state prison program pairs qualifying inmates who have been carefully vetted with dogs in need of training.

The dogs come from area rescue groups and are evaluated by our club trainers. During each 10-week session, inmates learn positive-reinforcement training methods. The dogs, who live in a special “doggie dorm” at the prison, work with the trainers during the day, and receive necessary socialization, crate training, basic obedience skills, and rudimentary agility.

Upon graduating from the program, the dogs are ready to be well-mannered members of an adoptive family. A New Leash on Life offers gives an opportunity to both inmates and dogs to experience unconditional love, often for the first time in their lives.

To learn more about this program, go to the PAWA and see frequent updates on the Facebook page, New Leash on Life at Forsyth Correctional with PAWA.