Inmate Dog Training Program
The Eva Burrell Animal Shelter partners with the Alger Correctional Facility and Newberry Correctional Facility to manage an inmate dog training program. The goals are to teach carefully selected inmates the skills necessary to train shelter dogs AND to return safe, well-mannered dogs to the community.
The efforts have resulted in a win/win program. Dogs receive 24/7 one-on-one attention, respond favorably to training and learn approximately 30 verbal commands and hand signals. Inmates, perhaps for the first time in their lives, realize the benefits of responsibility and the joy of compassion. The dogs return to the shelter housebroken, attentive, and well behaved. This training makes for successful adoptions because no one comes to the shelter seeking an unruly pet who would soil and/or damage a house.
Every aspect of the program is conscientiously supervised by EBAS shelter management and prison officials. Our grateful thanks extend to the Alger & Newberry Correctional Facilities and to our shelter clients who adopt these beautiful animals.
The cost of adopting one of the “graduates” is nominal, but the gift is priceless!