A non-profit organization in Indiana is helping retired greyhounds make the leap from racing dogs to family pets. Prison Greyhounds, based in Indianapolis, is a unique organization which functions both as an adoption group, as well as a prison foster program.
The non-profit group, founded by president Mary Louden, takes in retired greyhounds from a track in Daytona Beach, Florida, and places them with non-violent prisoners at the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle.
Dogs who go through the Prison Greyhounds program learn the skills necessary to become pets…their inmate handlers help teach the dogs good house manners, how to walk nicely on a leash, as well as simple basics, like learning to eat outside of a crate and how to climb stairs.
Dogs who complete the weeks long training program are ready to go directly into an adoptive home, and their inmate handlers get to foster, love and train another incoming retired racer.
The prisoner program is beneficial to the dogs, as well as to the prison population as a whole. Participating inmates learn to care for something other than themselves, staff enjoys a mood-boost from the presence of the dogs, and there is an overall calming effect for the entire prison population.
Some people may feel bad for the prisoners who bond with the dogs, only to have to let them go. But Louden tells Shelter Me that nobody should feel sorry for them – she stated:
Find a list of adoptable greyhounds at this link to the organization’s website.
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