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Animals Depending On Prison Time (ADOPT)
 is an IDOL (Indiana Department of Labor) recognized program.

2014 ADOPT Handlers    
 The Rockville Correctional Facility and the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society have partnered in this endeavor to provide 
  successful re-entry possibilities for the participants and to offer a second chance at finding a forever home for less adoptable canines.   


 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.