UnChained fosters empathy, respect, and responsibility in youth through the human-animal bond.
The Big Idea:
Canines Teaching Compassion
UnChained teaches underserved youth to train homeless dogs in basic skills and good manners, helping to place the dogs into adoptive homes. The youth develop values of patience, respect and responsibility for themselves and others, through trust and relationship-building with their dogs. Working with dogs who share similar experiences of neglect, abandonment, and abuse enables youth to experience compassion and respect for others, while building confidence and self-worth. As the dogs succeed, youth thrive knowing they have helped find a home for a dog who loves and accepts them unconditionally.
In 2019, UnChained will expand services to youth and dogs, and with seven years of graduates, UnChained wants to reinvest in its youth by offering vocational training and community service opportunities, as well as add college scholarships for its youth graduates.
My dog gave me the chance to give him a better future, and that’s something I wish to do for myself.
Joey, Santa Cruz, 16