My name is Allison and this is my dog Coco. When I was six years old, I had a brain tumor, and I named my cancer and chemo the Stink Bug. When I was sick and feeling sad I wanted to crush my Stink Bug! In my utopia, I wanted to say goodbye to cancer, chemo and just plain awfulness.
Then I got my puppy, Coco, from the Prison-Trained K-9 Companion Program. At the time, I knew that if I had Coco during my treatments she would have been a great friend to me when I was sick. Since I knew there were still other kids fighting serious illness, in pain and feeling lonely, I wanted to do something to help other kids feel better. So I began selling homemade dog biscuits and lemonade and raised enough money to pay for the adoption of a trained companion dog for a child with a brain tumor. The dog she chose was a black lab named Lucky Bug. Coincidence? I think not. Little did I know the word would get around and soon others would want to help too.
We started the Stink Bug Project in 2010 and that was many, many dogs ago.
—Allison, Stink Bug Project Founder
Thanks to our continuing partnership with the Prison-Trained K-9 Program at Colorado Correctional Industries the Stink Bug Project is able to place numerous pre-trained, companion dogs in their forever homes each year. One of the most unique aspects of this program is that it saves dogs, both pure bred and mixed breed, from humane shelters and other animal rescues all over Colorado and surrounding states. Each dog that is chosen for the Prison-Trained K-9 Program is hand selected, and temperament tested.
The Stink Bug Project pays the cost of the adoption from the prison training program and provides each adoptive family with a gift card to purchase the food and gear that will make their pet comfortable in their home.