Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Dane County Jail Dog Adoption Program

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has joined with the Dane County Jail for an innovative new program to benefit both inmates and some special dogs in need of a home. The Dane County Jail Dog Adoption Program is designed to give both inmates and homeless pets a second chance at success.

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 the Ferris Center facility, a part of the Dane County Jail system, on Rimrock Road welcomed “Bella” to the B wing of the work release center. Bella, a Boxer mix, was a 2-year-old stray that spent several weeks at the Ferris Center, where specially selected inmates socialized and trained her, which allowed her to achieve Canine Good Citizenship Certification and become much more adoptable.

For the inmates serving their sentence at the Ferris Center, being housed in the wing with the dogs in this program is a privilege. Having the added incentive to follow rules and show responsible behavior goes well beyond the program itself. A professional trainer from the Badger Kennel Club comes to the Ferris Center twice a week to teach the selected inmates the training skills they need to work with the various dogs in the program at any given point.

Brett Frazier, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin had this to say about the program -  “We believe every dog deserves a chance. Most of the dogs we take in each year come to us as strays. They’re cold, alone, abandoned and looking for help. It’s our job to do the very best we can for them and partnerships like this one are such an important part of creating positive outcomes for lost and homeless pets. Every day a dog spends with us we want to be preparing her for a successful life as a pet. We’re here to help pets go home again and we’re so excited to be working with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office toward that end!”

The Dane County Jail Dog Adoption Program builds on the success of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin’s Jail Dog programming. In mid-2014 the Humane Society launched the “Canine Corrections Academy” in partnership with the Rock County Jail. 

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