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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Our Casino Night auction site is live! New Leash is holding a silent auction during our Casino Night fundraiser, which will be on Friday, October 24 at the Independence Seaport Museum between 6 and 10 PM. Tickets for the event at $95 for adults and $75 for young friends and can be purchased here.

For those of you who are unable to participate in the event, don’t worry! You’ll still be able to bid on our awesome auction items from the comfort of your own home! All of our auction items can be found on our auction site, and you can bid any time between now and Friday, October 24 at 9:45 PM.

We have a few great items already posted on the site and will be posting more as the week goes on leading up to Casino Night! These items include:

  • Vacation rentals in Arizona, Vermont, and Bonaire
  • A private dog training lesson
  • A custom painted dog portrait featuring YOUR lovely pooch
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants and specialty shops
  • A tour of Penn Museum’s Egyptian Mummy exhibit from a real Egyptologist
  • Philadelphia Eagles tickets
  • and more!

All proceeds from the auction go toward our incredible programs that save the lives of dogs and improve the life of inmates. Help support us by bidding on some of these exciting auction items!

Visit the site here and keep checking back since we’ll continue adding items through the week!

Life after prison: Chase from our 3rd Class at the Philadelphia Prison System strikes a pose at one of  his favorite places, on the couch with his pop. 

Check out all of these happy faces. 


We’re super excited to let you know that we’re part of the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by Michelson Found Animals. 

To give back, they will be donating $100,000 to organizations focused on reducing shelter euthanasia in our communities. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $50,000 donation. We think we can win but we need your help! Imagine the impact we can have if each of our supporters became fundraisers and got their friends, family, and colleagues to donate to our cause.

It’s super easy to be involved. Just click here: and then click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.’ In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser that you can share with everyone you know. Don’t forget, you can start fundraising on Monday, 9/29 at noon!

Let’s save the shelter pups!

There will be different challenges each week and fundraisers can win awesome prizes*!!

 September 29 - October 4th, Ends 12pm ET 
Top 3 fundraisers will have the opportunity to name one of the dogs in our 11th Class at the Philadelphia Prison System based on the theme that is set by our team.

BONUS CHALLENGE #2: October 4th - October 14th, Ends 12pm ET 
Fundraisers that raises at least $250 will get entered for the chance to win two free tickets to our 3rd Annual Casino Night fundraiserLet the Good Times Roll on October 24th from 6-10pm at the Independence Seaport Museum. Special Guest: Steve Morrison from 93.3 WMMR.

BONUS CHALLENGE #3: October 14th - October 21st, Ends 12pm ET
Fundraisers that raises at least $500 this week will get entered for a chance to win a signed copy of New York Times Bestseller Oogy from Larry Levine, New Leash tote bag, and a special treat from Barkbox. 

BONUS CHALLENGE #4: October 21st - October 28th, Ends 12pm ET 
Fundraisers that raise at least $750 will get entered for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to the Philadelphia Pet Hotels & Villas, New Leash t-shirt and tote bag, and opportunity to attend our 11th Class graduation ceremony at Philadelphia Prison System.  

BONUS CHALLENGE #5: October 28th - October 30th, Ends 12pm ET 
The fundraisers that gets the greatest number of donations (not dollars) will get entered for a chance to attend a workshop during our 11th session (you can choose from a dog training session, workshop in animal care, job skills or life skills workshop) at the Philadelphia Prison System and the graduation ceremony. 

Join our team now:

If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, please Click Here and give whatever you can. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small and everything is appreciated.

Please email CrowdRise at if you have any questions at all and they’ll help solve everything.

Thanks so, so much for your support, 
New Leash on Life USA

*New Leash on Life USA staff and board members are not eligible to participate in bonus challenges. Transportation is not included to winners. All prizes are subject to change. 

Check out the fun when our Training Director, Nicole, and her super dog Uli of Philly Unleashed pair up with Pet Plan Pet Insurance in the first of a 6-part series of training tips that you can practice at home with your own pup!

Want to enter your dog in Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villas' 2015 Throwaway Dog Calendar? See below!

We had a fantastic time at graduation on Monday! We would like to thank everyone who participated in the event for making it such a great success.

Check out some of our favorite photos from the event!

Congratulations to our dogs and inmate trainers! We are so proud of you and know you will have a brighter future.

Thank you to Kristina Hall Photography for the pictures.

This year’s Casino Night fundraiser will be on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6-10 PM at the Independence Seaport Museum, and you’re invited!

We had an incredible time last year, and we’re sure it’ll be even more fun this year! To see a short video recap of last year’s event, see below:

Tickets will be $95, and you can purchase them online here.

This year’s Casino Night is inspired by New Orleans and the theme will be “Let the Good Times Roll.” You’ll think you’re on the Mississippi River aboard one of the famous gambling river boats 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.

We hope to see you there!

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!