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k9 connection is a non-profit 501(c)(3) project of The People Concern (formerly OPCC & Lamp Community). Since 2005, k9 connection has brought the magic of dogs and kids together. In our innovative programs vulnerable teens train homeless shelter dogs in basic obedience, helping the dogs to become more adoptable. k9 connection empowers students to apply the lessons they teach the dogs to their own lives: to develop an awareness of the risks of uncontrolled and impulsive behavior, and to believe in the power of positive reinforcement as an alternative to force and violence. k9 connection aids teens in becoming responsible community members by focusing on goal setting, personal accountability and personal motivation.
k9 connection selects dogs from Los Angeles area shelters & rescues to participate in year-round programs designed to educate and inspire teens in challenging situations. Intensive two-to-three week programs are designed specifically for counselor-referred teens at participating schools; concluding with a graduation celebration and the placement of each dog in a permanent home.