Programs

Hounds of Hope

In April 2015, the Department of Corrections began a new project in conjunction with the Noah's Hope Animal Rescue of Sioux City to help teach basic obedience commands to shelter dogs.

Inmates at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield are learning how to train the dogs through a steady routine of consistent commands. The dogs receive much needed attention and socialization skills, which in turn will make them better pets. The training will increase the adoptability of the dogs while teaching inmates to train, groom, care for and socialize shelter dogs.

When the dogs finish their training at the prison, the dogs will be made available for adoption through Noah's Hope Animal Rescue.

 

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Inmates work with the dogs to help make the animals more adoptable.