The PIVOT Mission

Our mission is to encourage Individuals to find their voice through innovative animal literacy based programs that are designed to develop personal and vocational skills by becoming responsible, productive members of the community. Each individual student learns patience, compassion and responsibility by caring for, training, and finding forever homes for last chance shelter animals.

We are committed to programs that inspire pride, confidence and the power of a single voice with all we serve. Last Chance animals and “at risk” individuals come together to give each other the confidence to succeed by pairing personalities, problems, and challenges between the two in programs designed to promote positive development, healthy choices as well as family communication between individuals and their community.

There are over three million unwanted animals euthanized in shelters every year. The jails are overcrowded and recidivism rates are increasing. By combining these animals with detention centers, Pivot is proud to introduce 2 new canine training programs. We believe that when broken and unwanted lives cross paths they can give each other hope as one prisoner becomes the salvation of the other.


“Pawsitive Steps”

Ventura County
Probation Agency
Juvenile Facility
Canine Training Program

Pawsitive Steps

“Ruff Road”

(Rehabilitation Utilizing Furry Friends)
Ventura County
Sheriff’s Office (VCSO)
Todd Road Jail
Canine Training Program

Ruff Road

Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.~Cesar Millan

Pivot’s community based programs also include working with “at risk” youth in literacy/educational outreach programs as well as charter schools canine assisted english and reading programs . Pivot is thrilled to be able to provide these programs. There are thousands of last chance humans in these programs and thousands of last chance animals whose time in shelters has run out. We can stop this. We can help people and animals get a second chance.

Statistically significant improvements have been found in the areas of social skills and social sensitivity, social competences with problem solving, and communication abilities. Decreases were also found in feelings of isolation and loneliness when compared to a control group.~Portland State University


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