Are you ready do adopt a dog?
If you are, please consider adopting a dog trained at one of eleven Washington prisons that have formed partnerships with local rescues/shelters.
Some of them even train service dogs for Brigadoon Service Dogs in Bellingham.
These partnerships have been so successful, all Washington prisons operate some kind of animal training/adoption program.
What is the Washington Prison Dog Program?
According to the Washington Department of Corrections website, these prison dog programs “benefit local communities, teach the inmates responsibility, and provide an incentive to maintain positive behavior while incarcerated.”
The programs also saves lives as many of the dogs that go into the training programs would have been euthanized either because a shelter had no room for it or it had behavior problems because it wasn’t trained properly (or at all).
I’m a fervent supporter of dog training programs in prisons.
I first learned about them when I wrote about the Freedom Tails program at the Stafford Creek Correctional Facility in Aberdeen that’s run in conjunction with PAWS of Grays Harbor.
Our Experience Adopting a Prison Dog
I was so impressed with the program that when my wife and I were ready to adopt another dog after we had to put down one of our dogs, we adopted a 2-3 year old Yellow Labrador Retriever named Haley from the Freedom Tails program last June.
As you can tell from this blog post, we couldn’t have had a better experience with Haley. Her transition into our home with our other dog and cat was virtually seamless. And because she had 10 weeks of basic training at Stafford Creek, she had no behavior issues.
If my post somehow convinced you to adopt a dog trained in one of Washington’s prisons, contact the shelter that partners with the prison.
Most states have prisons that have similar programs. Check your state Department of Corrections website to see if there is one near you.
Washington Prison Dog Programs
Below a list of the prisons in Washington that train dogs for the public. Note that some of them only train service dogs.
Airway Heights Corrections Center – Pawsitive Dogs in partnership with Spokanimal
Cedar Creek Corrections Center – Brigadoon Service Dogs (service dogs only)
Clallam Bay Corrections Center – Welfare Animal Guild
Coyote Ridge Corrections Center – Ridge Dogs in partnership with Benton Franklin Humane Society, Adams County Pet Rescue and Forgotten Dogs Rescue
Larch Corrections Center – Humane Society for SW Washington
Monroe Correctional Complex – Summit Assistance Dogs (service dogs only)
Olympic Corrections Center – Olympic Peninsula Humane Society
Stafford Creek Corrections Center – Freedom Tails in partnership PAWS of Grays Harbor (no service dogs) and Brigadoon Service Dogs (service dogs only)
Washington Corrections Center – Brigadoon Service Dogs (service dogs only)
Washington State Penitentiary – Blue Mountain Humane Society
Washington Corrections Center for Women – Prison Pet Partnership
I recently learned that Echo Glen Children’s Center has a dog training/adoption program. It isn’t listed above because the facility is run by the Washington State Department of of Social and Health Services.
Echo Glen Children’s Center – Canine Connections in partnership with Snohomish County 4H