A message from the Founder and Executive Director

Today marks the two year anniversary of Don’t Throw Us Away.  It’s hard to believe that two years ago today, the first six prison pups walked on to the prison grounds and got a second chance at life.  Five years ago, what started as a dream, a hope and a seed of an idea when I was a senior in college has transformed into an amazing program that I couldn’t be prouder of founding.  DTUA thrives because of the hard work of so many people across the country: the southern shelters, fosters and rescuers, our dedicated rescue partner Great Dog Rescue New England and all their amazing volunteers, our selfless prison staff and inmate handlers at NCCI, our volunteers, transporters, our trainers, our adopters and everyone else who has given their time, talent and heart to make this program possible.  Thank you for everyone who believed in this program when I was just a college student with a big heart and a big dream.  Together 40+ dogs’ lives have been saved and countless inmate handlers have a brighter future.  We are looking forward to another great year of saving lives, together.

Michelle Riccio