The Issue: Adoption for Behaviorally Challenged Dogs
At any given time, there are an abundance of homeless animals available at Halifax Humane Society. It can house about 350 animals and is typically at full capacity. All of its animals must be spayed or neutered before being placed in a new home. Not surprisingly, dogs that are friendly but have behavioral challenges have a more difficult time being placed in permanent homes.
The Campaign: Funding Prisoner-Led Dog-Obedience Course
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Halifax Humane Society can put 10 dogs through its Prison Pups N Pals program, a seven-week obedience-training course led by prisoners. Donations will help cover the costs of the program's supplies, such as crates, food, collars, leashes, flea products, and vaccines. Each additional $280 raised will be used to cover the food and supply costs for one dog that has completed the training course once it has been placed with a veteran. If more than $3,300 is raised, all additional funds will be used to put more dogs through Prison Pups N Pals.
Through partnerships with the West Volusia Kennel Club and the Tomoka Correctional Institute, Halifax Humane Society's Prison Pups N Pals program trains dogs that are behaviorally challenged but otherwise friendly, with the goal to make them more adoptable. Selected dogs—all of which are healthy, up-to-date on vaccinations, and spayed or neutered—live in the prison environment for seven weeks, where they're paired with an inmate who has been taught by a professional dog trainer. Dogs learn how to sit, come, stay, and walk slightly behind and to the left of their owners. By the time dogs finish the training course, they're highly trained, obedient, housebroken, and microchipped. In addition to helping these dogs more easily find permanent loving homes, the program works twofold to help prisoners become certified Kennel Club trainers, which improves their opportunities for postincarceration employment.
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Halifax Humane Society
Halifax Humane Society aims to protect animals from neglectful, cruel, and exploitative treatment by providing shelter to homeless, lost, or abandoned animals as well as low-cost spay or neuter services and other animal-advocacy programs. The shelter cares for injured wildlife and approximately 13,000 dogs and cats each year, many of which are available for adoption.