The Idea

November 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The idea

So I'm a little behind on the initial documentation of this project, but I'll do my best to fill in the backstory. 

I was reading twitter one night and saw a link to a clip from Channel 4 News in New Orleans about a man running a program in prisons where inmates train shelter dogs. Well-trained dogs become more adoptable and less likely to be returned to a shelter situation. And, the prisoners who are in the program also experience a lot of positive outcomes. They get to learn about animal behavior and have a companion they are responsible for 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. 

After reading this incredible story, I decided to look into the director of the program, Bill Barse. I found the website for Doggoneexpress and thought that the site and logo could use some polish. I also thought that the program could use a logo to give it more presence for marketing and fundraising purposes. I reached out to Bill over email on October 17 and offered to design everything for free if he would take me along on some prison visits to shoot the men and their dogs. He called me 5 minutes after I hit send, and we were on the phone for an hour and a half talking about what I can do to help. As of now, he's funding the whole program out of pocket, but is looking to apply for grants from different organizations, so I also offered to spruce up his presentations so everything looked very professional. 

http://www.doggoneexpress.com/

Before hanging up, I told him I'd like to plan a trip down to meet him, and I scheduled it for November 12-14. From there, it got more interesting.  


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