Rescuing Each Other

New Leash on Life USA is a new generation prison dog-training program that saves the lives of shelter dogs by training and socializing them to enhance their adoptability while helping inmates learn to train and care for dogs.
With New Leash on Life USA, dogs live in the cells with their inmate trainers 24/7, making New Leash dogs highly desirable for adoption and ensuring the long-term success for both humans and dogs.
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Wouldn’t it feel awesome to know that you were saving lives while you were filling your Easter baskets? Here’s how to do it!

Rescue Chocolate has some amazing flavors, including Peanut Butter Pit Bull, Foster-iffic Peppermint, Forever Mocha, and more. They’ve also got some great chocolate bunnies for sale during Easter season!

Rescue Chocolate is 100% vegan and certified Kosher.

If you enter “New Leash on Life USA” in the Gift Note field at checkout, Rescue Chocolate will donate $1 to New Leash on Life USA for every item you order!

Looking for pet insurance? If you go to and enter “NewLeash” as the promo code, you’ll get a 10% overall discount (5% online + 5% Strategic Partner discount)! Plus they’ll donate $25 dollars to New Leash on Life USA!

Meet the new dogs at SCI Graterford. Pictured above is Gideon, Fiona, Steel, Abigail and Amos. 


We’re psyched to have New Leash on Life USA as our official charity partner in King of Prussia, PA

The organization saves the lives of at-risk shelter dogs by training prison inmates to care for and socialize them in order to enhance their adoptability. The group also just launched a new program, “Saving & Reclaiming Lives,” which provides the trained pups as companions for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Show ‘em your support: 5% of the sales from every Liberty Shell concrete goes straight to New Leash. 

All good in the hood. [Photos: newleashonlifeusa.]

Stay tuned for our next puppy party at the Shack in April! Meet our adoptable dogs and hang around for poochinis and Cadbury egg frozen concretes. 


Puppy party in King of Prussia! Our amazing KOP Shack charity partner newleashonlifeusa saves the lives of shelter dogs by training and socializing them to enhance their adoptability while helping prison inmates learn to train and care for dogs. Want to contribute to the canines? 5% of sales from the Shack’s Liberty Shell concrete go directly to New Leash. [Photos: New Leash on Life USA.]

New Leash on Life USA will have a table at the One Book One Philadelphia event reception hosted by Drexel University. If you’re attending, please stop by to find out more about our programs!

Date:  Wed., February 26, 2014

Time: 5:30PM Reception with Special Exhibits/Information, 6:30PM Panel/Program on The Yellow Birds

Location:  Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center
3120 Market Street, Rm. Mitchell Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Title of Event:  One Book One Philadelphia at Drexel University: Frontlines, Friendships and the Power of Fiction.

Event Description: University and community panelists, including Warrior Writers discuss The Yellow Birds and reflect on the role of the arts and humanities in the exploration and expression of war. 

Drexel University, a Military Friendly School, will draw upon its campus resources to celebrate a great book and to pay homage to student-veterans.  We highly recommend that you read the book before the event.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers which has been named The One Book, One Philadelphia selection for the 2014 season! 

The Yellow Birds has been compared to Tim O’Brien’s classic war novel, The Things They Carried, for its powerful depiction of the truth and tragedy of war. Poet/novelist Powers vividly tells the story of a young soldier struggling to find meaning in his harrowing experiences in Iraq, while suffering profound guilt over his friend and fellow soldier’s death, as well as alienation from community and family upon his return home. According to The New York Times, “Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.”

Drink great beer and support a great cause! On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Chestnut Hill will be donating 20% of all profits from 5 - 10 PM to New Leash on Life USA!

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Time: 5 PM - 10 PM
Location: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 8400 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118

Their food is fantastic and their beer is even better! We hope to see you there!

We’ll be starting our 9th class at the Philadelphia Prison System very soon! If you’re interested in helping out, we’d love to get some volunteers for dog selection on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10 AM at ACCT Philly!

If you’re interested, please fill out the form here. Thanks!

Is your special someone an animal lover? Do they also love chocolate? (Obviously the answer to both of those question is “yes!!!” because who doesn’t love animals or chocolate?) If so, you might want to consider Rescue Chocolate if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year!

Rescue Chocolate is “the sweetest way to save a life!” From each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country.

Current and future flavors include:

  • Peanut Butter Pit Bull (crispy peanut butter and chocolate, countering the negative public image of the pit bull-type dogs)
  • Pick Me! Pepper (sweet ’n spicy dark chocolate with peppers, highlighting the advantages of choosing pets from animal shelters instead of breeders or pet stores)
  • Foster-iffic Peppermint (dark chocolate with peppermint, highlighting the need for people to provide foster care for shelter animals as they await their forever homes)
  • The Fix (plain 72%, highlighting the importance of spay and neuter)
  • Mission Feral Fig (fig, cranberry, almond, and spices, highlighting the humane solution for feral cats, TNR)
  • Fakin’ Bacon (smoky, sweet and salty, a salute to farm animal sanctuaries and compassionate gourmands)
  • Forever Mocha (hazelnut praline and coffee, highlighting ways to help people make and honor a lifetime commitment to their pets)

Talk about a sweet gift that you can enjoy guilt-free! (You may still feel guilty about the calories, but hey, it’s almost February. We’ve all given up on our New Year’s resolutions by now, right?)

Also, if you want to help support our organization, type “New Leash on Life USA" in the Gift Note field on the Cart at checkout. We’ll receive $1 on everyone item ordered!

You can buy Rescue Chocolates online at their website here.

Are you in the Philly area and looking for another animal welfare cause to support? Last Chance Ranch is holding their first annual Tails, Ties, and Paws Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 22, 2014!

For more information check out their Facebook page!

We have another happy update to share with you: Rolo from the Candy Class (now named Rocky) is getting tons of love from his adoptive family! Here’s what they have to say:

Happy New Year to the New Leash on Life family! As my family celebrated Rocky’s (formerly Rolo) adoption anniversary yesterday, I felt inclined to reach out to you and your organization and thank you for saving our sweet boy.

When we initially brought Rocky into our home, my husband and I were wide-eyed and terrified that we had made a mistake adding another dog to our household. A year later, we cannot imagine a day without his smiling face and wagging tail. Whether he’s imitating he behaviors of our jack Russell terrier, by my husband’s side, or “baby sitting” my nephew, Rocky is such a joy to have in our home.

Thank you and your organization for all of your hard work with these animals and inmates. We wish you the best in 2014!

Kind regards,
Jill & Kevin

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Did you die a little from the cuteness? That’s OK, because we did too!

We’re so glad that Rocky found such a wonderful adoptive family. This happy, adorable dog would have been euthanized if it weren’t for the New Leash on Life USA program. Thank you, Jill and Kevin, for giving Rocky the loving forever home that he deserves!