What is unusual about Austin is where
he got his training - in a women's prison.
The Paws in Prison Program works closely with area shelters and rescue groups which allows them to serve their community by saving dogs' lives while providing quality programming for offenders.
The success of the program is the unique working relationship between with the facility and the volunteer dog trainer. The goal is to take homeless dogs and make them more adoptable by providing basic obedience training, house and crate training and indoor manners.
The dogs who come to the prison are at risk of being euthanized or have little chance of adoption for any number of reasons. It may be lack of space, an easily treated medical condition, or the stress of being in a shelter making them unlikely candidates for the shelter's adoption program. In any case, all they need is to be able to regain their medical and mental health, given training, leadership and attention and they transform in to wonderful canine companions.
Paws In Prison make certain the dogs have good temperaments, are vaccinated, neutered and micro chipped. They provide a volunteer dog trainer, a curriculum, space, the program manager and other needed items. Most important, they provide motivated inmates to care for and train the animals.
Each of the dogs learn basic obedience commands, walking on a loose leash, are house trained and crate trained. Many learn several tricks and other commands besides the basics. Much of the time is simply spent nurturing and socializing the dogs who may have been abused, abandoned, and/or not socialized in the past.
Being part of this program has made a lifelong impact on many inmates and is something something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, but from NipClub's point of view the main thing is the number of dogs who are saved from euthanasia, rehabilitated, rehomed and given a fresh start.
This is a very special charity, and one of its helpers is NipClub's own @CheshireK, so you can be very sure that every penny donated will both go directly to funding this great work and will be put to extremely good use.