Special Programs - Last Hope K9 Rescue
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Special Programs

Prison Pups

Starting in June 2016, LHK9 has partnered with Correction Departments to pair foster dogs with minimum security inmates through the Prison Pups Program.


This program joins interested inmates, who must first apply to become handlers, with dogs in need of fostering, until they find their forever homes through LHK9. Inmates are paired with specific dogs based on the bios of both the dogs and handlers.


Each pup receives at least two weeks of intensive training, which includes work on basic commands, socialization, and manners. The pups also receive lots of love and one-on-one attention.

Doggonit: Epilepsy is Ruff

LHK9 partners with Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Pediatric Epilepsy Thrive Program to give adolescents with epilepsy the chance to work with and train dogs through Doggonit: Epilepsy is Ruff.


During 6-week program sessions, adolescent epilepsy patients work with certified dog trainers to train rescue dogs. The trainers put together curriculum to prepare the dogs for the Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC).


The adolescents and rescue dogs learn from each other as they work together and teach each other valuable life skills.

Stress Puppies

LHK9 partners with corporations, such as accounting and law firms, to help melt stress away with puppy kisses from young dogs (typically under one year old) via our Stress Puppies program. In exchange for a donation, LHK9 volunteers bring foster pups to corporate offices in the Greater Boston area.


Many companies utilize Stress Puppies during demanding or busy times to provide employees with the stress relief that only puppy snuggles can provide. The program offers the chance for employees to bond with colleagues and take a timeout during long work days.


Stress Puppies has also partnered with Home Base, a veteran and family care program, to bring puppy love to veterans free-of-charge. To learn more or see if we have a date available for your event, email puppies@lasthopek9.org.