The canines are chosen through close observation and behavioral screening as well as health and age.
The PVCHS dogs will live at the facility during the training process which can take up to six months.
There, the dogs will learn basic skills (sit, down, den, potty, paw, etc.) and behavioral training (de-sensitizing, mouthing, barking, etc.).
Once the canine has completed the necessary training, he or she is ready for a forever home.
The Rockville Correctional Facility ADOPT Program also provides offenders skills and certification in basic training
and animal husbandry, and promotes improved interpersonal and life skills in the offenders.
Ultimately, offenders will be prepared to obtain gainful employment in related career fields with a certificate
in Animal Training from the Indiana Department of Labor.
Libby, the first ADOPT graduate!
Since the inception of the program in May 2012, over 50 dogs have successfully completed the program.
Additionally, all but four of these dogs have been adopted prior to leaving the program.
Those canines that aren't adopted prior to completion are returned to the shelter
with their training DVD in hope that the likelihood of their adoption is increased.