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Inmate-Canine programs


Our Volunteers serve in 3 distinct Canine Programs

PUPPIES for Heros

Puppies For Heros is a 24 month program where selected inmates are given a Golden or Labrador Retreiver Puppy to train. The Puppy lives with the inmate for the entire 24 month period, during the week a professional trainer comes into the prison and works with the inmate to train his/her assigned dog. The dog at the end of the 24 month training period is then tested on a multitude of commands, if the dog passes all the commands, it is then given to a returning disabled veteran from Iraq or Afghanistan and utilized as a service dog for the veteran.

If the dog does not pass all commands, then it is placed in a another program working with the Department of Home-Land Security and the dogs are then trained to become explosive detection canines for not only the Department of Home-Land Security, but also law enforcement agencies through-out the United States.

My Buddy program

In the "My Buddy Program" selected inmates train Golden and Labrador Retrievers in a one year training program. Upon successfully completing their training and testing, the certified and highly-trained puppies are given to children with autism to comfort, protect and provide companionship. 

Seizure response dogs

In this program selected inmates train the puppies over a one year period. Upon completing the training and passing the testing., the puppies are then given to Individuals with serious seizure issues. The highly trained and certified puppies, detect oncoming seizures, protect the individual from additional harm and make notifications for medical assistance.

Our volunteers assist in public awareness, transportation, fund raising, dog adoption, training assistence and adoptive screening.