Our parolee re-entry program is one that was created from the heart. I grew up in the Los Angeles area as a “rich brat” who’s parents worked in the film industry. I was carted around in a Limo, went to the yacht club for Sunday brunch with my parents and their “fake” friends. I soon became that rebellious teenager that ran away from home and to make a long story, very very short, I ended up in the housing projects of Pacoima in the East San Fernando Valley. There I made new “friends” and went to parties where the nights always ended with a typical drive by shooting. Somehow I managed to avoid trouble, drugs and never hurt anyone, but maybe my parents. Even knowing this was not what I was raised to be like, I ended up getting pregnant from my gang member boyfriend. Two years later, I saw him get shot on our front porch while standing there holding my daughter. It was then that I realized it was time to get out while my daughter and I were still alive.

I took these experiences and learned from them. I went on to become a Gang Counselor for the City of Los Angeles. I worked within various correctional facilities, schools, housing projects, churches and even did home visits. My goal was to try to get these guys on the right track. Some I was successful with, others went to their graves before I had a chance. After the budget for this program ran out, I then went onto teaching in a “special” school. This school was for those teenagers who had been kicked out of every school in their district. I think I was only one of two teachers who DIDN’T have a death threat put on them. Guess I must’ve been doing something right. The budget then ran out for this program too. I began to get very frustrated in our system. Why were these programs that were of vital importance being put on the back burner? So I left the field out of shear disappointment.

I then fell back into my childhood love: animals, specifically dogs. I began to train dogs for a living and eventually opened up my own kennel. I now run a 21 acre non- profit dog rescue where we incorporate our regular "doggie routines" with a rehabilitation program for newly released inmates from state prison.

Years later, my life has circled back around and I now have put my two passions together. Through the up’s and down’s of my journey, dogs have taught me so much. Responsibility, patience, trust, loyalty, compassion and love are just to name a few. All the things necessary to become a productive and decent human being.

With domestic violence on the rise and violence among young people, men especially, I became frustrated watching others claim that it wasn’t “their responsibility” or it wasn’t “their problem”. When these men/boys come out of prison and move next door to us, burglarize our houses, then who’s problem does it become? When the “boy next door” begins by using the neighborhood cat as target practice and then graduates to using his schoolmates as his next “Bull’s Eye”, then who’s problem is it now? With the answers so close at hand and so obvious, I decided to step out on my own and create this program.

Enlisting in the help of our dogs who show nothing but 100% unconditional love and understanding, what better way to mainstream parolees back into society and at the same time teach those incarcerated about caring for someone other than themselves? Do I believe in punishment for crimes committed? Absolutely. But when all is said and done, then what? Eventually we may have to live among some of these “criminals”.

Though, this program is taught mainly by our canine companions, so much more comes out of this. Besides the life lessons of responsibility, patience and compassion, one’s social skills excel when working in this environment. Here at the facility parolees soon learn typical ranch hand duties such as construction work, plumbing, electrical, auto mechanics, etc. All in a day’s work here. But it still stands that the most important facet of this controversial program are the dogs who have been persecuted in the public eye together with the human beings who know all to well what that slamming door in the face feels like. Time to show everyone…there is hope.

Our organization is a multi-task program catering to the "underdogs" of both the canine world and the human one as well. Though our facility and program deals with animal abuse on all levels and with various types of animals, our primary “teachers” are the dogs. Our ranch is run by an almost all parolee staff. Though things are overseen by our Founder, we try to allow our parolees to make decisions on their own and use their new found common sense to get thru each day. We believe in giving second chances and third chances and sometimes even fourth chances. Together our "controversial" team shows the rest of the world that this is one book that should not be judged by its cover.

-Gandhi's words on friendship