A Passion For Helping Youth
Good Dog for Life, Inc. (GDFL) started running pilot programs in 2009 at the St Francis of Assisi Youth Club in East Palo Alto. The purpose was to teach the youth about dogs and give them an opportunity to connect and create valuable life skills along the way.
After four years of creating numerous classes and activities, Sabrina Watts, founder of GDFL, sat down with Lisa Simmons, Executive Director of Northern California’s premiere no-kill animal shelter, Pets In Need, and formed an invaluable partnership, which they both hope lasts several lifetimes.
From January 2013 to 2015, Good Dog For Life’s team brought Pets In Need’s shelter dogs to Our Common Ground’s residential treatment facility for adolescents with drug and behavior problems. This program helped to connect troubled youth with animals, with training and canine education being the primary focus of the program.
This is just the beginning of Sabrina’s vision for Project One Love! To see more about the vision and how you can become involved, please click here.
The Rich May Foundation
The Rich May Foundation is a non-profit quest to provide opportunities for youth living in the city of East Palo Alto, California while honoring the memory of East Palo Alto Police Officer Rich May, killed in the line of duty on January 7th, 2006. Sabrina had worked with Rich as a Humane Officer in San Mateo County at the end of 2005 and shares his vision. Good Dog for Life LLC as well as Project One Love will continue to support and partner up with RMF to better serve the community of youth in East Palo Alto.
Sabrina Watts, once a troubled youth in rehab, has become the founder and director of an unusual non-profit organization that brings together troubled teenagers with shelter dogs, providing training, rehab and therapy for both the young people and the pets.
The Media Center’s Local Hero Awards series showcase six people from the Mid-Peninsula for making outstanding contributions to the community or overcoming significant hardship. The videos tell their inspiring stories.