A Nelson project that helps at-risk young people by involving them with dogs saved from the pound, is at risk after the withdrawal of Government funding.
Forty young people have helped re-train dysfunctional dogs.
ARK Trust co-founder Karen Howieson says the animals, people and rehabilitative training programme helps build self-esteem for young people who've had trouble at home or school, or with the law.
She had hoped it would expand throughout the country.
However, the trust says the course is in jeopardy after the withdrawal of about $50,000 of support from the Enterprise & Communities agency.