The MASH Story

Did you know that the Sheriff’s Office cares for and rehabilitates neglected and abused animals, nurtures them back to health, and adopts them out to loving, forever homes?

It’s true! MASH houses animals seized during MCSO investigations and provides opportunities for inmates to learn compassion and valuable work and life skills.


MASH has been around since 2000, but the building where it operates has been obsolete since even before that time.

When Sheriff Paul Penzone took office in 2017 he began to conceive of a new MASH facility that would expand the program’s evidence-based programs to more inmate populations: incarcerated mothers, veterans recovering from PTSD, juveniles, and those with substance use issues.

Now that vision is going to become a reality with the construction of a new MASH facility, opening in mid to late 2020.

The new MASH will be a state of the art, purpose-built facility utilizing the latest research about animal care and the best ways to foster the human-animal bond. Here are the highlights:

  • No taxpayer funds for construction. Funded through a unique public-private partnership, including donations from caring individuals like you – donate today
  • Built for the housing, care and rehabilitation of 100 dogs and 200 cats
  • Classrooms for inmates and others to learn animal care and compassion
  • Space for on-site veterinary care
  • Covered outdoor dog run to provide exercise opportunities

Donate today and help us build the new MASH

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