Arkansas Paws in Prison Foundation is committed to rehabilitating inmates and giving rescue dogs a second chance at life by preparing them to be loving, obedient, adoptable pets. The Arkansas Paws in Prison program pairs inmate trainers with rescue dogs for eight to ten weeks of obedience training and socialization in preparation for adoption. Prior to graduating the program, each dog must pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. Because the dogs are properly socialized and trained, their chances of adoption improve drastically, and their risk of being returned to a shelter for unruly behavior decreases significantly. Many of the dogs that have graduated from the program have become therapy animals and service dogs and even the first water leak detection dog in North America. Paws in Prison collaborates with six animal shelters and rescues throughout the state to advance its goal to reduce the number of dogs languishing in shelters and reduce the number of dogs euthanized each year in Arkansas. Since the program began in 2011, 1,563 dogs have been rescued, trained, and adopted by loving forever families.

Additionally, Arkansas Paws in Prison strives to decrease recidivism rates by providing inmates with the opportunity to give back to the community and acquire skills that support successful rehabilitation and re-entry into society. Many of the inmates who have participated in the program are hired for dog-related jobs after parole. Several have become professional service dog trainers, and a number of released participants have dedicated their lives to saving animals, working for Paws in Prison’s partner rescues and shelters. One former inmate trainer has come back to work in the prisons as a professional dog training instructor, teaching inmates in the program and serving as an example of what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication after incarceration.

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