…at Both Ends of the Leash!

Is there anything more rehabilitating then the unconditional love of an animal? PIVOT believes that every life either human or animal has value, no matter how broken or unwanted and that every life deserves a chance to find their place in the world.


Pivot is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization (tax ID# 36-4826290) which provides canine educational outreach program in the criminal justice system, group homes, and veteran assisted programs to name a few. We have inmate programs for both the adult level (Ruff Road) and juvenile level (Pawsitive Steps). Both programs are designed to encourage this underserved, at risk population to find their voice through our innovative animal assisted literacy based programs that are designed to develop personal and vocational skills.

Pivot’s vision is to uplift and inspire this at risk population in our area to achieve success by using their collective voice to become leaders through our literacy based animal assisted educational programs. All of Pivot’s programs intends to help individuals in our area run programs to overcome social and behavioral issues. Our canine programs which are truly restorative in that they offer a way back into the good graces of society by allowing the individuals the opportunity to feel and prove to themselves that they do have worth to themselves, and their community.

Pivot’s canine training programs allow this at risk population the ability to train last chance shelter dogs in preparation for their adoption. They are given a chance to serve the community by training dogs to be well-behaved “K-9″ good citizen pets. They teach basic obedience, house training and socialization through non-aggressive, force free positive reinforcement. Our program offers inmates the opportunity to receive certified training that could aid them in obtaining a job. Pivot’s program benefits more than just the handler and the dog, it helps the community as a whole. While the dogs learn good manners, gain confidence, become adoptable and often become future leader dogs, the handlers gain patience, learn a new set of skills and gain a great level of empathy and compassion. Pivot’s animal assisted programs are committed to supporting its participants towards a life of opportunity, wellbeing, freedom, inclusion and community contribution. Decision making skills, positive change, as well as positive integration and participation in the community are the fundamental principals of our programs.

At the heart of Pivot’s programs is the power of unconditional love. There is no denying the impact of the animal~human bond and its undeniable ability to unleash individualism which lays the groundwork to build the values of leadership. All of the activities are created, applied and charted for the levels of results, both successes and failures by the participants. All of our programs are led by the participants with professional mentors to develop skills, perhaps for the first time, then teaching those skills to the entire community while expanding both their individual and group action for social change.

Pivot’s animal assisted programs are designed to change the social and behavioral structure within this segment. This community, both youth and adult, is made up of economically challenged, disadvantaged low income and disregarded human beings. Traditional the at risk population is built on stripping the rights and voice of its population as a means of control. This community has historically demonstrated cross culture division focusing on separatism rather than unification. These individuals are people who have not blended well with their families, school and community at large, and have repeatedly found themselves back where they started. Pivot’s programs are geared to ignite social change through the elimination of separatism, reduction of violence, emotional abuse and animal cruelty through education, outreach and animal assisted therapy.

Pivot’s “Pawsitive Steps” and “Ruff Roads” programs are an example of hope and possibility for other groups, animal shelters and communities. Our program works tirelessly to find, and save last chance shelter dogs then pair them with individuals who are taught by experts to care for, train and ultimately find forever homes for their canine companion. There are over three million unwanted animals euthanized in shelters every year. Pivot’s canine training program believes that when broken and unwanted lives cross paths they can give each other hope as one becomes the salvation of the other.

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
~ George Elliot