Hounds of Prison Education Helps Dogs Find Forever Homes

Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA) Image: cpaa.info
Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA)
Image: cpaa.info


American Mint possesses more than three decades of experience in the collector’s market and sells a wide array of die-cast replicas, collectable coins, and other memorabilia from its headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. American Mint also supports several community and nonprofit organizations, including the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA), which manages the life-saving Hounds of Prison Education (HOPE) program.

Launched in March 2015, the program focuses on finding forever homes for rescued and homeless dogs by pairing them with screened prison inmates who provide training, socialization, and behavior modification necessary for adoption. HOPE is tailored to canines who require extra one-on-one attention to prepare them for adoption and incarcerated individuals with moderate behavioral and social issues. Furthermore, it welcomes dogs with an extended history in foster care homes.

HOPE encourages inmates to bond with their canine partners over the course of several weeks, wherein dogs and inmates share cells and attend weekly training sessions together. Inmates receive support and assistance from professional trainers, prison staff, and program volunteers. Sessions cover a range of training topics, such as basic obedience and behavior modification. Furthermore, the sessions boost the confidence of shy and nervous canines.

Donations to HOPE help cover costs associated with training and care, such as training classes, food, toys, and heartworm prevention. In addition to individual contributions, donors may select from a number of care packages ranging from $10 to $200.

HOPE operates in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill and the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance.