January 05, 2011

Second chance

Come and meet Sadie.

There are many dogs in shelters that are considered non-adoptable -- perhaps they are too shy or not house-trained or they bark to much. And there are many prison inmates with a lot of time on their hands -- and no companion at their side. Put the two together and you have the Second Chances program, a cooperation between the Dane County Humane Society and the Thompson Correctional Center (a low-security facility) in Wisconsin.

Selected inmates are given a dog to train over a period of 12 weeks. Each week, a trainer from the Humane Society visits them and teaches them training techniques. The dogs stay with the inmates 24/7 and live in their cells.

Everybody wins. The dogs learn new social behaviors and may find a new permanent home, the inmates can take responsibility for a pet and can take pride in contributing to giving a dog a new home.

And it doesn't cost the tax payer a dollar. The program is sponsored by donation and a grant from Petco.

More at this link and here.

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