DoggoneExpress, Inc. was started to help south Louisiana's shelter dogs in the following ways:
- Dog training programs in Louisiana prisons and jails, which will benefit both the dogs and the inmates who train them. Dogs with basic training have a much better chance of being adopted either locally or out of state, thereby saving the lives of dogs slated for death in overcrowded shelters and parish agencies. Short-term inmates also receive skills they can use upon release to get meaningful employment. Working with dogs may also provide some of them with an opportunity to bond emotionally with another living creature in a way they had not previously done, which can be life-changing as well.
- Weekly dog training programs that engage juveniles who might be having a trouble at school or home.
- Training service dogs to help those with physical or emotional disabilities, including war veterans who suffer from PTSD.
- Providing transport to shelter dogs both for adoptions and evacuations during hurricanes.
The concept for training dogs by inmates is based on similar programs in California, Colorado, and Florida. Our program, which began in 2011, is modeled after Pathways to Hope, the first program of this kind, formed by Sister Pauline Quinn in California in 1985. Positive reinforcement training will be used in all of our training in all of our programs.