Each semester, Marin Humane welcomes a group of students into our Student Service Clubs. These animal-loving students spend the semester learning about Marin Humane become animal advocates through their work. Middle and high school students in the Junior and Senior Roots & Shoots clubs develop a community service project to guide their semester. These clubs are part of the national Roots & Shoots program started by Dr. Jane Goodall.

For this semester’s project, students decided to invite a variety of speakers from different animal-involved organizations to teach us what they do. You can watch new installments of these virtual interviews every week and more from the Student Service Club blog.

In this interview we meet with Chad Carlson, Director of Shelter Behavior for Marin Humane. One of Chad’s responsibilities includes coordinating the Pen Pals of San Quentin Program. Since 2005, the Pen Pals of San Quentin program has been helping nonviolent, specially-selected inmates learn how to help dogs overcome medical and behavioral issues so they can be ready to find their forever home. This program is funded through generous donations and grants. To date, more than 300 dogs have graduated from the program and more than 55 inmates have participated.

We hope you enjoy this installment and learn a lot about just one of the many amazing programs Marin Humane offers. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Pen Pals Program, you can do so using this online form (in the “Special Notes” field mention “Pen Pals”) or by calling 415.506.6257.