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Schnader Hosts Reception for “Saving and Reclaiming Lives,” New Leash on Life USA’s Service Dog Program for Veterans

On February 24, 2014 by Schnader

On February 24, 2014, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP hosted the launch of “Saving and Reclaiming Lives,” New Leash on Life USA’s Service Dog Program for Veterans in the Philadelphia office of Schnader from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Schnader partner and New Leash board member Denny Shupe welcomed speakers Marian V. Marchese, CEO & Founder, New Leash on Life USA; Secretary John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections; and Alfred Brenner, Sgt., USMC (Ret.) and Two Paws Up Award recipients Governor Edward G. Rendell and Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, Major General, USMC (Ret.). 

In January 2014, New Leash began a pilot program at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford to train rescued shelter dogs as service animals for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The service dogs will be trained to assist with tasks of daily living to allow a healthy adjustment to civilian life.

New Leash on Life USA’s mission is to improve the life of inmates and save the lives of dogs. New Leash brings dogs at risk of euthanasia from shelters into correctional facilities for obedience training and socialization by inmates in order to prepare the dogs for adoption by families. New Leash’s approach is unique in prison dog programs in that it also provides the inmates with workshops to build life skills, cognitive tools, and job readiness; offers paid internships upon parole; and supports a successful transition to life beyond prison with case management.