In partnership with Stafford Creek Corrections Center
As of April 2023, we are thrilled to have the Freedom Tails program return to Stafford Creek Corrections Center after years on hiatus. This popular program pairs a duo of incarcerated individuals up with a PAWS of Grays Harbor pooch for 12 weeks. Each dog has a primary and secondary handler assigned to the same cell, giving the dog 24-hour care and attention to meet its needs. During their stay at SCCC, these dogs receive specialized training to prepare them for adoption to the public. At the end of their 12-week stay, they will enjoy a special adoption ceremony with their new families to show off their skills as they start a new journey.
Our 3rd group of dogs graduated February 22, 2024. We currently have 2 dogs (Gadget and Scooby) from this group that are ready for homes now. We hope to begin the 4th round in April 2024.
Hi it’s me Lucy again,
I’m adjusting to this new life. It’s really easy, laid back and fun. Everyone knows I’m all about fun. I love going to the dog park and running around or playing fetch. I love feeling the sunshine on my face and the wind cooling my fur as I run. Then I like coming back home for a nice cool dip in the pool, but I also know that it’s back to working on my cues. I’m getting it and learning but I just want to be a dog and be loved on. I’m hoping to find a home where we can go out and play and have fun then come back home and chill out and watch the game.
Hey, I’m Lucy’s handler and it’s been such a blessing to work with this dog. She is amazing and just brings so much joy and happiness to everyone she meets. Some people she will even get real vocal with telling them how much she loves being rubbed, tickled and scratched. Lucy even has a 6th sense about her. When I’m feeling down or frustrated, she’ll come and lick my hands until I rub her head and ears or I can sit down and pat my chest and say “hug” and she’ll jump up, put both her elbows on my knee and put her head on my shoulder or under my neck and let me hug her until I feel better. That is the loving and gentle Lucy I know and can speak for. That’s the Lucy I want you to know you’ll be taking home. Just love her and she’ll love you back unconditionally.
My name is Hammond, middle name Cheese, last name Sammich. Say it fast and…..I’m delicious!!
When I bark about myself most people think I’m bragging. Nope! Pure facts. I only have three legs, and that is just so the rest of the planet doesn’t despise me for being canine perfection! Humble, I’m often told….
My new handler now affectionately calls me “Penguin Butt”, I guess because I’m so chill it’s like I’ve been on ice all day! Yeah, we let him think he’s funny. I just choose not to be all frantic like some of my other four-legged friends. And usually when I don’t react they see my ice-blue eyes and they chill out also. I enjoy meeting new people and listening to them go on and on about how nice and soft my fur is. They said it, not me!
I’m respectful in the house, I don’t chew on things or go in the trash can. Although I am trying to figure out why my new roommate wants me to wait for permission before getting on his bed/couch? I mean, we’re supposed to be family and all!! Dude! Scoot over!
Anyways, that’s the scooby on me this time, I will write again soon. Keep your biscuits crunchy and your water fresh!
Hammond Cheese Sammich
I’m Lokey and I would like to tell you all who I am in the hopes of finding myself a forever home. I am about 10 and a 1/2 months old. I am a red Mastiff mix. I thought my name was Lokey but everyone keeps calling me handsome, whatever that means…. I haven’t met a person I didn’t like yet, but there is this poodle in my class that I’m still learning to tolerate. Other than him, I love playing with all the other dogs.
Right now I’m in the school of hard knocks, trying to learn how to be my best self, and so fare, I think I’m doing pretty food. Prior to coming to the Freedom Tails Program, I was running the streets of Aberdeen just minding my own business, going wherever the wind blew me. Apparently living the life of a lone wolf for us dogs doesn’t fly anymore. I can’t complain though, I have been showered with so much love and attention. My trainer is teaching me to pay the love forward, so I can’t wait to meet you so I can give it a go!
Until next time guys, much love – Lokey
Hello! My name is Max. I am a Labrador mix- and all black except for a little white under my chin, chest, belly and toes.
I guess you could say I’m a foodie because well… I love food! Sheesh these people have got me on a diet, and they are running me around in a big circle for several minutes a day.
Did I mention that I like to sleep? Well, after a good run, I love to sleep too — I guess you could call me a sleeping foodie.
Ever since I went on a diet and started exercising, I have lost a lot of weight; and I have a lot more energy too!
You can help support the Freedom Tails program by purchasing and donating supplies. When selecting items, keep in mind that most of our dogs are large in size. Donations can be dropped off Tuesday-Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm at the shelter.
You can also download a PDF Wish List with specific items accessed through QR Code Links:
Thank you Freedom Tails Sponsors!