Paws & Stripes

ps_golddog1Paws & Stripes® is a unique partnership between the Sheriff’s Office, Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement, the Central Brevard Humane Society, and the SPCA of North Brevard. This program pairs up carefully selected and trained Jail inmates with shelter dogs that are at a significant risk of being euthanized.

During this eight-week course, inmates train their canine partners to be responsive to both voice commands and hand signals. The dogs are housebroken and learn all basic obedience skills to include: heel, sit, down, stay, and come. At the end of their training, the canine recruits are tested by an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and receive their CGC Certification prior to finding a permanent home.

The inmates who participate in the Paws and Stripes® Program gain a sense of accomplishment while they learn techniques in dog training, general pet grooming, and veterinary assistant skills. In addition, they complete a Pet First Aid and CPR course and are given the opportunity to acquire their Level 1 Certification from the International Boarding and Pet Care Services Association. This, in turn, can be very useful in job placement upon their release from the Brevard County Jail.


Click Here to See Successfully Adopted Dogs

How to Adopt

Thank you for your interest in adopting a “Paws & Stripes®” graduate! Dogs are adopted by one of the agencies listed below. The adopting agency is listed under the dog’s photo on the adoptable dogs web page. Please contact the appropriate agency directly for information.

ps_07walkintheparkSPCA of North Brevard

455 Cheney Highway
Titusville, Florida 32780
(321) 267-8221

Central Brevard Humane Society

1020 Cox Road
Cocoa, Florida 32926
(321) 636-3343

South Brevard Animal Care & Adoption Center

5100 West Eau Gallie Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32935
(321) 253-6608

North Animal Care & Adoption Center

2605 Flake Rd.
Titusville, Florida 32796
(321) 264-5119

How to Donate to the Program

If you’d like to make a donation to the PAWS & STRIPES® Program, please send a check or money order to:

Central Brevard Humane Society
1020 Cox Road
Cocoa, Florida 32926
Phone: (321) 636-3343
*Please write “Paws & Stripes Program” on the memo line.


The Paws & Stripes Program celebrates the graduation of their 200th shelter dog. Left to right: C/D Laura Soto; Debra Cantwell, SPCA Shelter Manager; Kathy Beatson, Interim Director of Brevard Animal Services; Patrick Fox, Executive Director of SCPA of North Brevard; Maj. Gregory Robertson; Theresa Clifton, Executive Director of Central Brevard Humane Society; and Dep. Angela Twigg.