Dogs graduate from inmate training program


Four dogs graduated from an unusual inmate training program in Redwood City this week and are ready to be adopted, shelter officials said.

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA chose four dogs whose adoption potential was questionable and enrolled them in the Transitioning Animals Into Loving Situations, or TAILS, program at a minimum-security facility operated by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Participating inmates receive instruction from PHS/SPCA trainers on how to train the dogs in a weekly class. The inmates are responsible for the dogs' homework, clean-up, socialization, grooming, and exercise outside of the weekly class.

The eight-week program gives the dogs much-needed attention and provides the inmates with a meaningful pastime to develop skills, according to program officials.

"We have wonderful behavior programs at the shelter, but since our dog population often exceeds 200, we can't give every dog the undivided attention and controlled environment some need to control their issues. TAILS provides this," said Maria Eguren, behavior and training manager for the PHS/SPCA in a statement.

The graduating canines range in age from 8 months to 4 years and include a border collie, a terrier mix, a pit bull, and a large mix.

"Whoever adopts these dogs will be bringing real treasures into their home. Honestly, our biggest challenge is finding permanent homes as good as the one they've enjoyed in the past eight weeks," PHS/SPCA spokesman Scott Delucchi said in a statement.

Anyone interested in adopting a dog is asked to call (650) 340-7022 ext. 306.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Yay! This is a successful program, one that works in so many ways. As a supporter of & volunteer at PHS, I am so happy to read this. Let's hope these dogs get great new homes very soon.

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Posted by Love dogs
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:03 am

Wonderful story!
Thank you to Hmmm for your volunteer work.
Another great rescue group is Pets in Need in Redwood City. Stop by if you have even a minute to spare.
Book not to miss: Rescuing Sprite by Mark Levin.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Thanks, Love dogs! We pretty much have our hands full now, but we're familiar w/PIN. It's good to know you are, too :-) Thanks also for the book rec - will look for it.

I've interacted w/a number of the dogs from this program & they are marvelous - the inmates have done an excellent job & I'm impressed.

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