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Helping Hounds Project

A program built on the premise that dogs and people together can become the catalyst for a positive change in each other’s lives.

On 1 March 2011, 7 HSHC shelter dogs were delivered to the Muscogee County Youth Development Campus to participate in Helping Hounds. Each dog was partnered with a youth offender at the facility. The dogs live at a specially designed kennel on campus. Each young man is responsible for the daily feeding, watering, exercise and training of their canine companion. Twice a week they receive instruction from HSHC adult volunteers in the training of their charge.

During each dog’s stay (approximately 10 weeks) they receive hours of daily love and attention from their young partner. In addition, they work on mastering various obedience skills, sit/stay, down/stay, heel, recall and maybe a trick or two thrown in as well. Their regular walking schedule puts most on the fast track for housebreaking as well.

By the end of the ten-week period each dog will leave ready to be a wonderful family member. The youth at the end of their stay will re-enter their community with a compassion, empathy and respect for all living beings that they may have never experienced before. In addition, they will have gained job and personal skills to be self-supporting and productive members of their community.

Programs such as Helping Hounds exist in various forms through out the country working with both youth and adult offenders. Dogs are trained to be companion, service and working dogs. The most telling statistic as to the success of these programs with youth offenders is that the recidivism rate for those who complete these programs is 0%. That is no youth go on to be repeat offenders, NONE! That number is repeated all over the country.

Nothing can compare to seeing a young man sit on the floor of a dog’s kennel and hug and love a dog who joyfully returns that attention with wiggles and licks each oblivious to anything else around them. Unconditional love.

OUR HELPING HOUND DOGS: Please see full descriptions with breed mixes, ages and other details.

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Upcoming Events
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Thu, Nov 27 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Gift Wrapping Service
Humane Society of Harris County has teamed up with Cat's Meow to offer gift wrapping for weary and time constrained shoppers. Conveniently located inside Cat's Meow, 137 N. Main, Pine Mountain, elves from the Humane Society will do all the wrapping for you! Every Friday beginning Nov. 28 (Black Friday)10-6 and every Saturday 10-6; Sundays Noon-5, and Christmas Eve Noon-5

Location Cat's Meow, 137 N. Main, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cost: Donation
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Fri, Nov 28 Gift Wrapping Service
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Fri, Nov 28 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Dog-Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Nov 29 Dog-Gone Good Bargains
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Thu, Dec 4 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Fri, Dec 5 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Dog-Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Dec 6 Dog-Gone Good Bargains
Second Annual Jingle Bell 5K-"9" Run and One Mile Fun Walk
5K"9" Run and One Mile Fun Walk. Dogs on leash and strollers welcome. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris County.

Location Dog-Gone Good Bargains, 102 Commerce Ave. (next to the grocery store), Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost: $20 for pre-registration; $25 at the event
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Dec 6 Second Annual Jingle Bell 5K-"9" Run and One Mile Fun Walk
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Thu, Dec 11 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Fri, Dec 12 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Santa Paws Workshop
Bring your children in to purchase family appropriate Christmas gifts. Volunteers will assist, wrap and tag. Prices will range from $1-$3. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris County.

Location Dog-Gone Good Bargains located at 102 Commerce Ave. (Next to the grocery store), Pine Mountain 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: per gift
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Dec 13 Santa Paws Workshop
Dog-Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Dec 13 Dog-Gone Good Bargains
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Thu, Dec 18 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Fri, Dec 19 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Dog-Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Dec 20 Dog-Gone Good Bargains
Santa Paws Workshop
Bring your children in to purchase family appropriate Christmas gifts. Volunteers will assist, wrap and tag. Prices will range from $1-$3. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris County.

Location Dog-Gone Good Bargains, 102 Commerce Ave. (next to the grocery store), Pine Mountain
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: per gift
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Dec 20 Santa Paws Workshop
Dog Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Fri, Dec 26 Dog Gone Good Bargains
Dog-Gone Good Bargains
A thrift store of gently used household goods, furniture, books and more. All items are donated and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris Co. We will gratefully pick up your tax deductible donations. Hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10-4.

Location 102 Commerce Ave., Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Contact: Lorraine Berry
Phone: 404-863-1068
Email: Lberry22@rocketmail.com
Sat, Dec 27 Dog-Gone Good Bargains