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Inmate Dog Training Program, FCI Terre Haute Partners with Local Humane Society

13 Jan 2024, Jail News, by

FCI Terre Haute partners with a local humane society for an inmate dog training program, benefiting both shelter dogs and inmates.

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The inmate dog training program, a collaboration between the Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) and a local humane society, actively aims to facilitate the adoption of dogs while simultaneously equipping inmates with valuable life skills.

Inmates at FCI Terre Haute are presently training five dogs, among them Maya, a two-year-old German Shepherd mix sourced from the Terre Haute Humane Society.

In the training process, the dogs acquire essential commands such as sit, heel, lay down, and social interaction with other dogs.

According to Maggie Wheeler, a volunteer coordinator at the Terra Haute Human Society, the Terre Haute Humane Society retains custody of the dogs until they pass the required test. Prospective adopters must visit “Unlimited Pawsabilities” in Terre Haute for a consultation before undertaking a skills test to assess compatibility with the dog.

The consultation process at “Unlimited Pawsabilities” not only ensures a suitable match between adopters and dogs but also guarantees that the training imparted by the inmates will be reinforced in the new homes. Wheeler added that the program plays a crucial role in aiding shelter dogs by offering them training and making them available for adoption by the general public.

Apart from alleviating the burden on local shelters, the inmate dog training program imparts a sense of purpose to the participating inmates.

Todd Royer, Camp Administrator at FCI Terre Haute, stresses the significance of the program in instilling accountability, teaching leadership, and providing inmates with valuable skills for re-entry into their communities upon release.

Upon successful completion of the training, participating inmates receive a dog trainer certification, opening doors to potential employment opportunities post-release. Royer cites instances of former inmates who, after release, established their own dog-training businesses in the state of Indiana.

Individuals interested in adopting Maya or other dogs from the program can visit or contact “Unlimited Pawsabilities” at 1209 N. Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, with the phone number 812-241-7249.

Lastly, Wheeler points out that the dogs are special and require committed adopters willing to invest the necessary effort in their ongoing training and care.



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