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Canine Corrections Academy

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin Partners with Rock County Sheriff’s Office to Create Canine Corrections Academy Program

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to establish the Canine Corrections Academy – the first jail program in Wisconsin that pairs otherwise unadoptable dogs with inmates who will work with and train them to be adoptable pets.

In planning since late last year, the two organizations launched the Canine Corrections Academy program beginning July 8, 2014 with one dog from the Humane Society being placed at the jail, matched to a RECAP (Rock County Education and Criminal Addiction Program) inmate to care for, feed,  and work on behavior. 

“Correctional Institution dog programs have shown to have an impact on reducing inmate tensions; increasing social interactions surrounding the dogs; developing of valuable life skills including patience, responsibility, compassion, and self-esteem, and even job skills that will be very useful to the inmates as they re-enter our communities,” Explains Robert Spoden, Rock County Sheriff. “The Canine Corrections Academy will give both the inmate and the dog a chance to succeed. That’s very positive.”

The inmates will receive basic dog training lessons from the Humane Society staff and Kennel Club volunteers who are also experienced animal trainers.  The chosen inmates will help a variety of dogs over the course of the program learn simple commands and improved behavior.  A dog could potentially be at the jail with an inmate for eight weeks on average and/or to the point of adoption. Upon successful completion, the dog will earn Canine Good Citizenship certification and be adopted to a new family.

“We want to give want to give the dogs the skills that will allow them to be adopted and spend the rest of their lives in loving and caring homes.  We also want to help give the inmate a productive new sense of hope and newly trained skills to care for and train shelter dogs and better themselves at the same time.” explains Brett Frazier, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin Executive Director. “The benefits to doing this are impressive for dogs and offenders. This is a win-win for inmates and pets.”

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