Forsyth Humane Society

Forsyth Humane Society is a non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to enriching our community by promoting the compassionate treatment of cats and dogs. We are committed to: placing cats and dogs into loving homes; advancing community understanding of the benefits of animal companionship; providing needed resources to the pet community; supporting a no-kill adoption center and the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats.

New Leash On Life

A New Leash on Life was started in North Carolina prisons in 2004 thanks to the determination of Secretary TheodisNLOL Beck, North Carolina Department of Correction.

Currently, North Carolina has over 16 “A New Leash on Life” programs successfully operating in across our state. In Winston-Salem, A New Leash on Life is housed at the minimum-security Forsyth Correctional Center. Homeless dogs are paired with qualifying prisoners, and receive socialization, crate-training, basic obedience skills, and agility training. Inmates must go through an extensive application process before being approved into the program. Qualifying inmates work with professional dog trainers, and learn positive-reinforcement training methods. 

Artwork by Sasha’s Inmate Trainer

For ten weeks, the dogs live and work with the inmate-trainers, sleeping in a special Doggie Dorm at night. After “graduating” from the program, the dogs are ready to become the newest member of an adoptive family, and new dogs are teamed with the inmate trainers.

A New Leash on Life offers both humans and canines a new chance. Helping inmates become productive members of society, develop marketable skills, patience and discipline. Perhaps most importantly, the inmates learn to give and receive unconditional love. The dogs learn trust and confidence, and they are trained to become welcome members of a family. Both men AND dogs are given a new leash on life. This program receives no state funding, and is dependent upon community donations.

The 36th A New Leash on Life Class – Graduating February 9, 2017

To find out more about these dogs contact Shari Harding at or call (336) 546-1406.

If you are considering adopting a New Leash on Life dog simply click here to fill out the adoption form.