• 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 283 kids…

  • Provided 7,500 hours of service to our community…

  • Placed more than 300 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 17 (5%) of our 283 Second Chance Program graduates have re-offended.

  • 99% of our 318 program dogs are in loving, forever homes.

  • Please donate. Any amount helps.

  • We can’t do it without you.


Second Chance Program Director Opportunity

We are seeking a Program Director for our Second Chance Program who has the skills, experience, positive energy, and desire to do something meaningful and make a real difference.  Learn more...


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.


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The North Carolina Department of Public Safety Juvenile Justice Division and the Guilford County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council have funded the Second Chance Program for the third year as an approved JCPC interpersonal skill building program for at-risk Guilford County youth.  Without your partnership, guidance and support, Second Chance could not grow and flourish as a sustainable program providing valuable services to our community.  We are humbled and grateful for all you that do.

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.


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