HALT MISSION STATEMENT
HALT is a program benefiting at-risk adolescents and rescued dogs from shelters. Adolescents teach dogs basic obedience training, providing a therapeutic intervention for the student trainers while increasing the adoptability of unwanted dogs.
HALT--Humans and Animals Learning Together
Contributing to a sense of accomplishment, self worth and pride of at-risk adolescents, while improving the adoptability of selected animal shelter dogs.
To accomplish this mission at-risk adolescents provide basic dog obedience training for shelter dogs during supervised classes, as a component of their therapeutic program. Students learn responsibility, patience, staying on task, communication and commitment during a four-week training course in which they take responsibility for teaching obedience to dogs from a local shelter.
At-risk adolescents participating in HALT are from residential centers for treatment of substance abuse, behavior or alienation problems. They are selected by the staff of their agency to come to the HALT training site on a regular basis over four weeks to teach and socialize the selected shelter dogs. Following the completion of the training, the dogs are placed in a suitable home.
Sponsored in part by the University of Tennessee
College of Veterinary Medicine