Lifetime Bonds

Lifetime Bonds programs provide opportunities for at-risk dogs and people to help one another, whether they live in under-resourced communities or are working toward re-entry into their communities from incarceration or from war.

Program participants learn how to care for and socialize and train dogs using science-based, reward-based training techniques. They develop confidence and skills by working with Safe-Humane-approved ambassador dogs and extend those skills by training shelter and Court Case dogs. They participate in positive, beneficial activities with dogs, such as dog agility and canine massage.  They are also taught about issues related to animal welfare and safety, such as pet population and animal abuse, and learn about the many job opportunities available in the pet industry.

  • Illinois Youth Center Program: Young men, ages 13-19, in custody at IYC in Chicago participate in a three-month-long curriculum. They work closely with adult volunteers, learning to bond with, socialize and train shelter dogs, saving their lives and making them more adoptable.  Delivery of this program was made possible in part by a grant from National Canine Research Council, The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation and The Wanda Muntwyler Foundation.
  • Youth Internship Reentry Program: At Chicago Animal Care and Control, youth from IYC Chicago who participated in the program while in custody work as interns alongside volunteers in our Court Case Dogs Program to bond with, socialize and train Court Case and other shelter dogs for transfer and adoption.
  • Adult Reentry Program: At Chicago Animal Care and Control, detainees from the Cook County Department of Corrections, who clean the dog pavilions 24/7/365, work with our volunteers to bond with, socialize and train Court Case and other shelter dogs for transfer and adoption. They volunteer during their breaks two days each week.

  • K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center: At the KLEO Center and at the Wabash intake facility of Animal Welfare League (AWL), youth learn to bond with, socialize and train AWL dogs for adoption. Delivery of this program was made possible in part by a grant from the Scott Trust.

  • Neighborhood Training Classes: In disadvantaged communities, youth and their dogs participate in six-week-long dog-training classes to teach the youth and their dogs how to be good citizens and Safe Humane ambassadors.