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Rock County Jail Dog Program
If you’ve read a paper lately you know that the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has made lots of exciting changes over the last couple of years. One of those changes, unveiled a little more than a year ago, is a new jail program that matches jail inmates with unadoptable dogs who need some extra help to get adopted. Specially selected inmates care for, feed, and train the dogs to get them ready for adoption over the course of six to eight weeks, with the goal of passing the Canine Good Citizen test through the AKC. The dogs stay at the jail, with their handler, full time throughout the training program including when they sleep.

Inmate handlers receive basic dog training lessons from the Humane Society and volunteers from the Badger Kennel Club and the Janesville-Beloit Kennel Club. The process gives inmates the opportunity to change the outlook of that animal’s future and hopefully their own. Currently, there are two facilities participating in the program. The Rock County Jail was first with the Canine Corrections Academy starting in July 2014 and the Dane County Jail Ferris Center began A New Leash on Life in February 2015. Since the start of the program, 10 dogs have graduated and gone on to find their forever homes.

“This program is making a difference in the lives of these dogs, but also the lives of the inmates who work with them. Partnering with folks like the Sheriffs in Rock and Dane Counties is part of the innovative programming that has allowed our shelter to make such huge strides in a short amount of time and to save so many lives”, said Brett Frazier, Executive Director of the Humane Society, “Our adoptions have grown by leaps and bounds, our euthanasia has been cut in half, and our pets are happier, healthier and more well prepared for successful lives as pets as a result of these partnerships.”

Currently there is a graduate dog still available at the Dane County Jail Ferris Center. Maybe he’s right for your home! Joey, a 1 year old American Pit Bull Terrier mix, is the most recent graduate of the program in Dane County and is currently looking for his forever home. He is very bouncy and energetic and would love an active family to give him lots to do! Joey has passed his Canine Good Citizen test and has received tons of one on one attention from his handlers. He enjoys the company of people and has done great with the other dogs he has played with. For more information on Joey, please call the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin today.