Paws of Hope Prison Program

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM: 

Paws in the City is a proud partner with Camp Diggy Bones and Sanders Estes Unit Correctional Center in the Paws of Hope prison program.  As part of our efforts to find loving forever homes for our rescued animals, PITC has been enlisting the help of effective trainers to eliminate behavioral flaws that are so often barriers to successful adoptions.

Camp Diggy Bones, located in Lavon, TX, provides a lot of the training some of our rescues need.  We have been working with their talented trainer, Thea, since June of 2012 and have had some very successful adoption stories.  In addition to intensive training, Camp Diggy Bones provides boarding for our rescues when we do not have fosters available.

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Through Camp Diggy Bones, Paws in the City was introduced to Paws for Hope program at MTC Sanders Estes Unit Correctional Center in Venus, TX.  Set up by MTC (Management and Training Corporation).  The program is a way to help both offenders and rescued dogs to re-enter society.  The inmates work with a certified trainer and provide 24/7 care for the dogs who live in their cells.  The dogs are house broken and crate trained, learn basic commands and also perform some tricks by the time they graduate.  The Paws for Hope three month program provides rehabilitation for both inmates and the dogs, both who are working hard towards re-entry into a home environment.

Most of the rescue dogs in this program come to Paws in the City on their last hour at local shelter or as strays.  Their first stop is Camp Diggy Bones where they are tested and prepared for entry into Paws for Hope.  Each training period at the Correction Center lasts three months and involves about 40 inmates and 15 to 20 dogs.  Due to the training and tremendous love they receive these dogs leave the program ready to be adopted and become a part of someone’s forever family.  Dogs trained in this type of correctional facility program are generally in high demand as they are not only well behaved but also have extensive experience living and interacting with other dogs and numerous people.  Paws of Hope holds a graduation ceremony for each class and our hope is that our participant dogs will go directly from the ceremony to their new adoptive home.

ABOUT THE ACTIVE DOGS: 

Peaches is  a 2 year old Terrier mix who will light up your life.  Her physical beauty is obvious but what’s best about Peaches is she happy and loves to smile for confirmation.  Peaches is housebroken, crate trained and dog and kid friendly.  She knows all of her commands and walks nicely on a leash.  She truly is the perfect pet!

Woodrow is solid built and at first glance might intimidate you, but once spending just a few moments with him, you will see he is simply a gentle giant.  Woodrow is a 3 year old Terrier mix and weighs about 60 lbs.  Woodrow knows all of his commands and walks nicely on a leash.  Woodrow is dog friendly and really would do well with a girl friend, he falls in love quickly!

If you are interested in meeting or adopting either Peaches or Woodrow (or both!), meet and greets are possible before graduation.    Please  complete an adoption application so you can initiate the process of getting one of these two amazing animals into your home.

Both with graduate April 12, and we hope to have them both in forever homes, they are both ready!

PAST PARTICIPANTS:

Leon was our first graduate from the Prison Program.  He was adopted right after graduation in January 2013.  He is now happy and spoiled as can be in his forever home.

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