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.
The two organizations launched the Canine Corrections Academy program in July of 2014 with one dog from the Humane Society being placed at the jail, matched to a RECAP (Rock Couty 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. The Canine Corrections Academy give both the inmate and the dog a chance to succeed.
The inmates receive basic dog training lessons from the Humane Society staff 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, at which point they are available for adoption. Upon successful completion, the dog will earn Canine Good Citizenship certification and be adopted to a new family.
Every dog deserves a chance. Most of the dogs taken 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.
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