Have your heard about our WAGS program? WAGS stands for "Working with Animals to Gain Socialization." This program was created through a unique partnership with Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution, which pairs teams of four inmates, who must apply for the program and meet qualifications, with a dog in need of extra training and/or socialization.
The dogs stay in the program for about 8 weeks to learn basic obedience and have their personalities and behaviors recorded throughout the process. The inmates care for the dogs 24/7, including feeding, exercising, socializing and training. Once a dog has graduated from the program, they return to CRHS with increased adoptablility and chance of finding a forever home.
The program has many benefits. Not only does it help our dogs find homes, but it has given the inmates a chance to give back to their community. They bond quickly to each dog we send and are always excited to help the next one. Staff at PDCI have also enjoyed the program- many of which adopt the dogs after graduation.
The WAGS program requires multiple moving parts to be successful but we are so grateful and excited for the continued opportunity to help more dogs find their forever home. If interested, w
e have t-shirts for sale at the shelter to help fund the program!
If you'd like to read more about the WAGS program, check out our new WAGS web page
Is there a topic or program you'd like to hear more about? Let me know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, thank you for your continued support. We couldn't do what we do without you!
Taylor Bates and WAGS graduates!
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