Dear CPAA Supporters,
I have mixed emotions as I retire as executive director of CPAA effective November 1. When I founded CPAA in 2003, I never dreamed that it would save the lives of tens of thousands of animals or that it would have such loyal followers. Thank you for supporting our efforts over the past 15 years.
CPAA, however, is not going away. It’s life-saving program, Hounds of Prison Education (HOPE), will continue. HOPE pairs carefully screened inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill with rescued and shelter dogs for training and rehabilitation, with the assistance of professional trainers. While at the prison, the dogs are cared for by and live with the inmates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the dogs are “paroled," they are fully trained and placed into forever homes. HOPE has been successful in saving the lives of more than 300 dogs, all of whom would not have had the chance to find a loving home without HOPE.
Kaitlin Becker will take over the reins of CPAA and HOPE. Kaitlin has worked alongside me since 2012 and spearheaded HOPE since 2014. I have great confidence in Kaitlin and am thrilled that she is ready, willing, and able to ensure that CPAA and HOPE will continue on. I will continue to be involved in an advisory capacity and ask that you rally behind Kaitlin and continue to support the good work of CPAA and HOPE.
It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know so many individuals who share my passion for animals. I wish you all the best.
Zella Smith Anderson, Esq.