Project Hope Humane Society has proudly partnered with Shawnee Correctional Center for the Shawnee Wellness Assistance Therapy Training (SWATT) Program. This program is also partnering with the University of Illinois Veterinary Medical School.
Each graduating class is selected and taken to Shawnee Correctional Center. For ninety days, the dogs will be trained for basic obedience skills, house training, and socialization. They will be taught and nurtured by offender handlers under the supervision of volunteer program trainers.
Veterans and individuals with disabilities, we are now accepting applications!
If you are interested in adopting one of our trained comfort dogs please complete an application today! You may also contact Project Hope via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (618) 638-4555. The dogs are available to Veterans at no adoption fee or for a reduced adoption fee to individuals with disabilities.
If you are interested in donating items to our SWATT program, please consider purchasing from our Amazon Wish List!
When you purchase from our Wish List, your donation will be conveniently delivered directly to the Shawnee Correctional Center. If you are interested in a monetary donation, please visit our PayPal via the Donate page and enter "SWATT Program" into the memo box. Thank you for your support and contributions to make this program possible!
Fall 2021 Graduates
These three dogs began their 90-day training in the SWATT program this summer 2021.
Aspen, Kai, and Reba will graduate October 2021.
Female, Age 1
Male, Age 2
Female, Age 4-5
Graduated and adopted:
March 2020 Graduates
The seventh group began their 90-day training in the SWATT program on December 20, 2019.
Cocoa, Suzanne, Beatrice, Sarge, Candace, and Hobbs graduated in March 2020.
December 2019 Graduates
The sixth group of shelter dogs completed their 90-day training in the SWATT program.
Paxton, Romy, Dandelion, Dundee, Suzette, and Rose graduated December 18, 2019.
FAll 2019 Graduates
The fifth group of shelter dogs completed their 90-day training in the SWATT program.
Belinda, Gendry, Magnolia, Nala, Posey, and Zelda graduated September 10, 2019.
Spring 2019 Graduates
The fourth group of shelter dogs completed their 90-day training in the SWATT program.
Honey, Samson, Buggs, Whitney, Bo and Lenni graduated on June 6, 2019.
Spring 2019 Graduates
The third group of shelter dogs completed their 90-day training in the SWATT program.
Cindy Lou Who, Mickey, Sachel, Curtis, and Darcy graduated and were adopted on March 4, 2019.
Cindy Lou Who
Fall 2018 Graduates
On August 1, 2018, the second group of shelter dogs began their 90-day training with the SWATT program.
Benny, Godiva, Floyd, and Sophie graduated on October 30, 2018.
KFVS12 covered the Fall 2018 SWATT Program graduation ceremony.
Spring 2018 Graduates
On March 6, 2018, our first group of three shelter dogs began their 90-day training with the SWATT program.
Bowser, Jericho, and Sinatra graduated in a ceremony at the Shawnee Correctional Center on June 6, 2018.
WPSD's Chris Yu covered the Spring 2018 SWATT Program graduation ceremony.