Offenders in the Prison Pet Partnership not only train dogs from animal rescue groups to be service dogs, they also groom and board dogs from the public. Dogs that don’t graduate from the service dog program are available for adoption to loving homes.
Started 22 years ago, the Prison Pet Partnership is the prison dog training program in Washington. Now all Washington prisons have some kind of animal training and adoption program.
These dog training programs save dogs from euthanization, find permanent homes for them, and provide offenders with usable skills that can help them integrate back into society after they’ve completed their sentences.
I’m a huge supporter of these programs. Four years ago I visited and wrote about the Freedom Tails program at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, and 2 years ago we adopted our dog Haley from it.
If you’re ready to adopt a dog, please consider getting it from one of these programs.