Miami-Dade County jail has successfully created an obedience training program for dogs, which is giving both prisoners and homeless canines a chance at a better life. The program fittingly called, Second Chance Dog Training Program, kicked off in September 2014 and has been pairing up homeless dogs from the Miami-Dade Animal Services with non-violent inmates.
The program was created to save stray dogs from euthanasia in over-crowded shelters and to teach inmates marketable skills, which they acquire through training the dogs. The program between each dog and prisoner runs for 8-weeks, where the prisoner is responsible for training the dog as well as all basic care- feeding, walking, bathing and daily cleaning of the dog’s kennel.
The jail has specifically built a 2000 square foot dog shelter to accommodate the pooches and provides them with veterinary care, food, bedding and supplies during the course of their stay. If the dog completes the training program successfully, learning all basic commands, then it graduates with a CGC title (American Kennel Club Good Citizen) and is placed for adoption.
The program so far has been a success with the jail already on its third training cycle with new inmates and dogs. Additionally, all of the dogs that have participated to this day have now been adopted.