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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August 8 was our 3rd anniversary!  Since August 8, 2011:

  • More than 90 inmate dog handlers have graduated from our program
  • 70 inmate graduates have been offered internships
  • Over 50 shelter dogs have been rescued and given forever homes
  • 100% of those dogs have passed their Canine Good Citizen test
  • Our recidivism rate has been less than half that of the general population at the Philadelphia Prison System

To give you an idea as to the incredible impact we’ve had in the past 3 years, take a look at all of these happy doggie faces — each one was rescued by New Leash on Life USA!


Thank you so much to all of our amazing partners and supporters! Without you, none of this would have been possible. We look forward to even greater things in the future!



PHILADELPHIA, PA- New Leash on Life USA today announced Tim Spreitzer of Tierney Communications will join its group of distinguished board members. New Leash on Life USA is a Pennsylvania-based non-profit dedicated to helping prison inmates train and care for rescued dogs.

Spreitzer is currently the Senior Vice President at Tierney Communications in Center City. He brings extensive communications and policy expertise to the board, having served as a top-level strategist for State Rep. Dwight Evans, Deputy Chief of Staff at the School District of Philadelphia, and as an Education and Workforce Policy Advisor for the Governor of Illinois. For the past several years, Spreitzer has been a proud “Big Brother” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA.

Spreitzer is thrilled to bring his talents to New Leash on Life USA. “I am honored to join New Leash on Life USA’s board and their critical work,” Spreitzer said. “New Leash on Life USA has saved the lives of countless numbers of shelter dogs while helping improve the lives of numerous inmates. I could not be more excited to help support and expand their invaluable impact.”

New Leash on Life USA will benefit immensely from his continued commitment to service. The organization empowers prison inmates to train and care for rescued shelter dogs. New Leash transfers dogs directly from kill shelters and matches them with inmates who are responsible for their care around the clock. Inmates receive comprehensive reentry, job readiness, and animal behavior training through the program. The initiative improves the dogs’ sociability and adoptability, and helps prepare both humans and animals for fulfilling lives outside prison.

Spreitzer is the latest member to join the board. He will serve with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and the retired CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Girl Scouts, Sharon Smith, among other dedicated and prominent individuals. 


Let the good times roll with New Leash on Life USA! Save the date for our 3rd Annual Casino Night 

Join New Leash on Life USA on Friday, October 24th at the Independence Seaport Museum and be one of the first sponsors of our 3rd Annual Casino Night as we celebrate another successful year—this time on the Delaware River waterfront, with your favorite casino games, professional dealers, amazing food from Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix (winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic Region), live music, puppy kissing booth with the world’s most adorable puppies, signature cocktails, and much more. You’ll think you’re on the Mississippi River aboard one of the famous gambling river boats…and all for a good cause! Help us celebrate another great year of giving second chances to shelter dogs and their inmate trainers and hear about our new training program that will provide dogs to our country’s brave veterans! Also a fabulous silent auction, special guests, and surprises. This is a night not to be missed!

DATE: Friday, October 24th
TIME: 6-10pm
Help make this night a success! Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact for more information or questions. 
Bourbon Street - $7,500
  • Sponsorship Benefits*
  • 10 tickets to Casino Night
  • Premier listing as Presenting Sponsor on our e-vite, registration page, and other promotional materials
  • Live mention at the end of the night as the presenting sponsor
  • Inclusion in press releases and media outreach 
  • Name and/or logo on rotating slide show played throughout the night
  • Speaking opportunity before announcement of prizes

Frenchmen Street – $5,000

  • Sponsorship Benefits*
  • 7 tickets to Casino Night      
  • Inclusion in press releases and media outreach
  • Name and/or logo on rotating slide show played throughout the night

Canal Street $3,000

  • Sponsorship Benefits*
  • 5 tickets to Casino Night 

Royal Street$2,000

  • Sponsorship Benefits*
  • 4 tickets to Casino Night

St. Charles Street $1,500 

  • Sponsorship Benefits*
  • 3 tickets to Casino Night
Magazine Street - $750
  • Sponsorship Benefits*
  • 2 tickets to Casino Night 
*Sponsorship Benefits
  • Exposure to local media
  • Opportunity to include promo material in event goodie bags
  • Display of logo at entrance of the Casino
  • Recognition on the New Leash on Life USA website and social media channels

New Leash on Life USA is participating in Crowdrise’s Veterans Charity Challenge!

Please support us by donating to our Saving and Reclaiming Lives program, which which pairs shelter dogs at-risk of euthanasia with prison inmates for assistance dog training. At the end of the program, each assistance dog is donated to a veteran suffering from PTSD. It’s an amazing program that gives you an opportunity to save and improve the lives of shelter dogs, prison inmates, and veterans!

Click here to visit our fundraising page or click “donate now” below to donate to the cause!

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Thank you so much for your support! Every dollar helps!

Such an incredibly moving story. We love seeing pit bulls portrayed positively in the media! Our work with them through our Second Chance Companion Dog Program has shown them to be incredibly loyal, loving companions and we are proud to be training them as assistance dogs to veterans with PTSD in our Saving and Reclaiming Lives program.

Be sure to watch the video that accompanies the article — it’s definitely a tear-jerker.

We’re told that they’ll be mentioning New Leash in one of the breakout session! For more information or to register, click here.