Prison Pet Partnership is important to wider community

April 16, 2014 

The Prison Pet Partnership congratulates the Gig Harbor Rotary Club on their successful event, Taste of Gig Harbor. We commend the work that Rotarians do as mentors to women at Washington Corrections Center for Women and for the continued support of our organization.

I want to point out a correction to the article that appeared in last week’s paper. The photo caption mentioned that Dierdre Reyes is the first recipient of Rotary’s Prison Pet Partnership Scholarship Fund. The scholarship awarded to Ms. Reyes is not connected with the Prison Pet Partnership organization.

In addition to service dog training, Prison Pet Partnership (PPP) provides vocational education skills to incarcerated women and transition assistance including resume writing, interview prep, and job placement support. Like the Rotary, PPP also provides scholarships to former offenders for continued education.

One such woman, who released last summer, is our guest speaker for PPP’s annual charity auction, Bark and Bid on Saturday, May 10. She will be speaking about her experience in prison, her involvement with PPP, and the support she received, including a scholarship to attend veterinary technician school, She is currently working as the lead behaviorish for the training department of an adoption group in the Portland area.

For more information about Prison Pet Partnership or our upcoming benefit auction, Bark and Bid, please visit our website at

Great job Rotarians, congratulations Deirdre Reyes, and thank you to the greater Gig Harbor community for your continued support of Prison Pet Partnership!

Beth Rivardf

Gig Harbor

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