In order for the program to succeed, local volunteers are needed twice a month to provide “furloughs” for the prison puppies and work on social skills, house manners and help socialize the puppies outside of the prison.
Can Do Canines will hold a ‘Tails to Tell’ informational session on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Stanley-Boyd High School Library (507 East 1st Avenue) in Stanley, Wis. from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to explain the prison puppy training program, how to volunteer, as well as educate the public on how assistance dogs help people with disabilities. The ‘Tails to Tell’ tour is free and open to the public.
For more than 25 years, Can Do Canines has trained and provided five types of assistance dogs including: Hearing, Mobility, Seizure, Diabetes and Autism Assist Dogs. As part of its training program, Can Do Canines partners with facilities like the Stanley Correctional Institution to help raise puppies, provide obedience work and begin to imbue assistance dog skills. Puppies enter the prison at about 12 weeks of age and live with specially selected inmates who provide daily training as they grow up. The dog is returned to Can Do Canines after 18 months for final training and then placed with a client with a disability.
Can Do Canines currently partners with the Federal Correctional Institution—Waseca, the Minnesota Correctional Facility—Faribault, Federal Correctional Institution—Sandstone and the Federal Prison Camp—Duluth to help raise and train assistance dogs.
If you are interested in becoming a Prison Puppy Program Foster Volunteer or would like more information on how to get involved please visit https://can-do-canines.org/volunteer/prison-puppy-foster-home/ or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Laurie Carlson at 763-331-3000 x113, firstname.lastname@example.org.