• Nearly 2 million kids under the age of 18 were arrested in the U.S. last year.

  • Of the 1 million gang members in our country, 40% are kids under the age of 18.

  • 5 – 7 million companion animals enter U.S. shelters every year.

  • More than half are euthanized (most due to behavior problems).

  • Second Chance Program stops the cycle of violence for at-risk kids by teaching them to train rescue dogs.

  • They both need a second chance.

  • The very first class of kids and dogs walked in our door on September 17, 2011.

  • Since then, we have graduated 91 court ordered juvenile probationers…

  • Provided 2,945 hours of service to our community…

  • Placed 118 abandoned rescue dogs in loving, forever homes…

  • And made a very real difference in the way these children think about and position themselves in society.

  • Our kids act as role models to their peers.

  • The connection between people and dogs can bear miracles.

  • Only 5 of our 91 Second Chance Program graduates have re-offended.

  • 118 (98%) of our 120 dogs are in loving, forever homes.

  • Please donate. Any amount helps.

  • We can’t do it without you.

People Helping Dogs. Dogs Helping People.


Our programs interrupt the cycle of a growing number of youth that are lost, falling behind and slipping away into a future of isolation, drugs, gang membership and incarceration. Their future, like that of over half of the dogs in our community, is one of abandonment and desperation – and for the dogs – premature death by euthanasia.

Our experience has shown us that at-risk youth, working with non-judgmental canine partners and caring adults, can open their hearts and minds and accept help to change the trajectory of their lives.

PP4H kids begin their personal journey experiencing trust, acceptance, compassion and love, all with the help of a dog…. Giving each a chance at life. Welcome to People & Paws 4 Hope. Help us help our youth and our dogs. Together we’re better.

Warmest Regards,

Frankie Heath President
People & Paws 4 Hope, Inc.


PP4H is one of three local charities currently participating in the Di'lishi Community Giveback program.  Come out to Di'lishi Yogurt Bar and cast your spoon for us!

PP4H was recently approved as a new State Employees Combined Campaign charity for 2014 - 2015.  If you work for our great state, look for us when you receive your annual giving campaign materials in November!

A new Guilford County ordinance is in effect that prohibits unattended tethering of dogs.  You can learn more at the Guilford County Animal Control website.  


PP4H in Di'lishi Community Giveback

PP4H approved as an SECC charity

ordinance in effect

 Sponsors and Community Partners

The success of PP4H is dependent on the foundations, companies and individuals who support our work with grants, money, supplies and time.  These friends help us keep the doors open, and we are forever grateful for all that you do in support of our work.  We couldn’t do it without you.


Follow Us

Video Clips

Building a Community Center

Second Chance Program so far...