This Gig Harbor, Washington program occurs primarily inside the walls of the Washington State Corrections Center for Women where inmates reach out to help others by training special dogs to assist a disabled person. Volunteers currently assist by taking the dogs out into the community for important socialization training prior to placement.
Freedom Tails brings in dogs from local shelters, that would otherwise be euthenized, and retrains them in housetraining (if necessary), socialization, and basic commands. They are then adopted out to the general public. At this time, we have found 97 dogs new homes. With the graduation of the current group, in October, the number will grow to 113!
This Gardner, Massachusetts program, guided by NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services), involves inmates of the the North Central Correctional Institution training assistance dogs.
This Oneida, Wisconsin program involves inmates at Sanger B Powers Correctional training assistance dogs.
This program in New York State's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility assigns puppies to the inmates at this maximum-security prison for women to be raised as guide dogs. Volunteer 'puppy sitters' take the dogs into their homes once or twice a month to expose them to things they won't experience in prison.
Operating in North Idaho, Spokane, WA and Caldwell, ID Pawsitive Works offers programs and curriculum for at risk youth to train shelter dogs, gain life skills, benefit from human-animal bond and provide increased adoption options for shelter dogs
This Woodburn, Oregon program pairs juvenile offenders from the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility with dogs from local shelters and rescue groups. The students provide the dogs with obedience training to prepare the dogs for placement in permanent homes in the community
Pairing emotionally impaired youth with hard to adopt shelter dogs for positive dog training
Summer camp (week long)
On line certification in animal assisted therapy
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From the Colorado Correctional Industries offenders learn new skills, improve self-esteem, and earn a salary by training shelter dogs to make them more adoptable. They also accept owned dogs for board and train.
The Correctional Service of Canada published this detailed academic study of the use of animals in therapy and rehabilitation in the correctional setting.
This covers a variety of programs where inmates in prisons are training dogs.
This Arizona program is modeled after the The Washingtons Prison Pet Partnership Program.
A prison program in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. Homeless dogs are trained by inmates for basic obedience .
A program in which prison inmates socialize and train shelter dogs to make them adoptable to the general public.
Operates a project called Pawsitive Hearts, a 6-week obedience training project pairing at-risk kids with rescue dogs from a humane society. The dogs learn appropriate manners to help them get adopted, and the kids gain valuable self-confidence, a feeling of achievement, tools for teamwork and gain empathy for the animals and each other.
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