A cooperative effort between the
Diamonds in the Ruff
The first two dogs enter the prison on the first day of the new Pawsitive Dog training program. Wrigley's ears were tightly back, stress panting. Spencer was tentative and unsure as they crossed the yard. As the weeks went by they blossomed and thrived, gaining confidence from the support of their extended fan club and positive training. Both dogs were adopted before their graduation day and are happy in their new homes!
ADOPT A PRISON GRAD!
OUR HOPE IS THAT EVERY GRADUATE WILL HAVE A HOME WAITING
AND THAT NO DOG WILL EVER SEE THE INSIDE OF A SHELTER AGAIN.
Click here for information about adopting a prison graduate.
Click HERE for an adoption application.
MEET OUR ADOPTABLE DOGS
Inmates learn positive training methods, patience and empathy.
The dogs learn new skills to help make them more adoptable.
We hope both will leave the program as better members of the community.
About the program:
The dogs live in the cells with their carefully screened handlers who work and play with them throughout the day, every day. The dogs are under the direct care of their handlers 24/7. Trainers Carol and Kim meet with the offenders and dogs weekly to review the work they have been doing and work on the next week's assignments. At the end of their training, the dogs will take the Canine Good Citizen exam before graduating and being adopted by waiting families.
As much as the dogs grow and improve, the staff, trainers and handlers report the positive changes they see in all of the offenders as a direct result of having the dogs in the prison.
positive training methods? Why a book called "Don't Shoot the Dog?"
as required reading?
"When this dog leaves. a little piece of me will go with him."
Half Way Hounds!
Once selected to go into the training program, we'd like to have the dogs go into a temporary foster home until the program's start date so they can recover from their spay/neuter surgery. This would be a short term foster situation with predictable time frames. If you can help, contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Kim at email@example.com
For information on the program, check out our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Staci at Nature's Pet Market for all her hard work and leg work securing amazing donations of food and toys for the program!
YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED TO THE PRISON TRAINING PROGRAM
AND THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS: