Paws for Progress

Paws for Progress runs a prison-based dog training programme in Scotland. Male young offenders are taught how to train and rehabilitate rescue dogs for re-homing. Under professional guidance, the students create training plans and learn to work as a team in order to help the dogs.
The project was born out of extensive research into identifying ways in which animal assisted intervention could contribute towards the progress of Scottish male young offenders and aims to improve behaviour and employability skills.
In 2015 Paws for Progress was granted £13,300 for a new van fitted with secure dog cages so that they can safely transport the rescue dogs to the prison.
The van has now been purchased and is being used on a regular basis. As well as running the prison project, they have also been able to expand and now run an additional project in the community working with disadvantaged young people with the aim of helping them engage positively with education, building confidence and developing social skills.
The new van will help Paws for Progress to continue to offer their pioneering project in Scotland and, in turn, will hopefully be an instigator for growth for the organisation.
Photo credit: Paws for Progress