Please Note: Due to COVID, our program at Forsyth Correctional Center is TEMPORARILY suspended. We await the time we can bring new dog to FCC trainers, and begin again changing men's lives, one dog at a time. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay tuned. 

We couldn't do this without your help.

Because Everyone Deserves A Second Chance



The Piedmont Animal Welfare Alliance (PAWA) is an all-volunteer nonprofit in Forsyth County, NC. We partner with the Forsyth Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison, the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, and we form alliances with area rescue groups to help dogs most in need.


A New Leash on Life (NLOL) is a N.C. state prison dog-training program, where both dogs and inmates get a second chance. Our dogs live and work with qualifying inmate-trainers for 10 weeks, learning nice manners and obedience, house and crate training, and basic agility.



It’s easy! Click on the Adoption Application button to the right to download a printable PDF form, and fill it out. Then you can get it to us any number of ways:

• scan it and email it to us at 

• take a photo of both sides and email it to us, at the above.

• mail it to P.O. Box 26661, Winston-Salem, NC 27114.

An adoption counselor will contact you to discuss your interest. If it seems a good fit, you can meet the dog and the trainer at the prison before making your final decision. When the dog completes his or her ten-week session, it’s adoption time!

Be sure to check out our loving dogs who are looking for a forever home! CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Because the prison is closed, we haven't brought a new class to the prison. As soon as things are safe, the prison is open, and we can go to shelters to assess new dogs, we'll be in the swing again. Check back with us soon. Click on the dog's picture for more information! Check our Facebook page New Leash on Life at Forsyth Correctional Center with PAWA for frequent updates.



We receive no federal, state, United Way or other support, and we depend on animal lovers and champions of social justice to keep us going. 100%—One hundred percent—of your donation goes directly to the prison dog-training program.


We love volunteers! Please take a look at the Volunteer Application, fill it out, and email or mail it to us. We promise to get right back to you. If you have pressing questions, email us at!




We exist because of public support. We’d love yours! To help us, please donate.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


2020 Sponsors...This list is updated often

James Bell


Yazoo! Studios, Germanton, Sustaining Sponsor


Donald and Doris Baucom, in memory of Lee Beall

Naila Gazale-Lowe

Randy Harris and London & Skip Pickett from Highland Presbyterian Church

Lovey Ross, in memory of Lee Beall


Lori Barr

Tom Dillon and Grace Mauney, in memory of Lee Beall

Loretta Elliott, in memory of Lee Beall

Jamie Lawson, W-S Theatre Alliance, in memory of Lee Beall

Louise Mowbray, in memory of Lee Beall

Sondra Puorro, in memory of Pamela Trammell

Mac and Lisa Warren, and Blue Cross Blue Shield NC

Clark Whittington, Artist-in-Cellophane


Sandra Adams, in memory of Lee Beall


Barbie and Ken Archer, in memory of Lee Beall

Susan Brooks

BJ and Michael Buckland, in memory of Lee Beall

Kathleen and Craig Cannon, in memory of Lee Beall

Cecilia Davis

Debra Demske, Sustaining Sponsor

Loretta Elliott, in memory of Betty C. Naylor

Barbara Gerhard, in memory of Lee Beall

Peggy Gheesling

Barbara Henrichs, in memory of Lee Beall

Jean Hole, in memory of Lee Beall

Candide Jones. in memory of Betty C. Naylor and in memory of Lee Beall

Deborah Leonard

Emily Martin

Louise Mowbray, in memory of Betty C. Naylor

London & Skip Pickett

Jane and Bill Pfefferkorn, in memory of Lee Beall
Mike and Candy Popalisky

Larry Robertson, in memory of Pamela Trammell



in Winston-Salem. A HUGE thanks to Dr. Collins, and the vets and staff!

Pawa's Board Members


Candide Jones, president

Loretta Elliott, vice-president and treasurer

Louise Mowbray, vice-president and secretary

Danny Rawley, at large



We'd love to hear from you!
Mailing Address

Piedmont Animal Welfare Alliance (PAWA) P.O. Box 26661

Winston-Salem, NC  27114

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