This program was developed from other successful models that have been used throughout the United States.  It pairs at risk youth and dogs from animal shelters.  The youth train the dogs in hopes of making the dog more appealing for adoption.  At-risk youth develop the skills they need to become more caring, responsible and empathetic members of their community.

The program will allow for up to 6 at-risks students at a time to train a dog that is received from an animal shelter. The group is taught by an experienced dog trainer who will teach the students how to properly care for (including grooming, cleaning up the pen, walking, etc.) and train the dogs to be eligible for adoption.

Students will meet 3 times a week for 5 weeks for up to 2 hours which will give them a total of 20 – 30 community service hours.

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» Animal Care on The Farm


This program serves the Collin County Truancy Court’s “Students On Service” program (SOS), the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP). The program opens the farm up to small groups of students or adults that have a court-mandated community service requirement.  Service hours are earned by feeding animal housing, stalls, and paddocks, as well as grooming and feeding the many animals that live there.