Shelter Program Gives ‘Unadoptable Dogs’ A Second Chance Through Training Program

Unruly and/or ill-mannered dogs at New York’s Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester are getting a second chance thanks to a new shelter program which pairs them with prison inmates at the Monroe Correctional Facility in Brighton. Without training, the dogs were considered to be unadoptable, but with the help of the inmate-training program, their behavior is modified and their chances for finding a forever home increase exponentially.

Dogs who enter the program, called A New Leash on Life, spend between six and eight weeks working with specially selected inmates at the 300-person correctional facility. According to KSDK News, before applying, inmates must first have completed at least half their sentence, and then go through their own training program, which is put together by the shelter.

Inmates work with the dogs to help them learn good house manners and basic commands. Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn told the Daily Messenger how the program helps the inmates and the dogs:

“Inmate handlers learn to take responsibility for taking care of a dog and learning the specific job skills and life skills required in that, and the dogs become adoptable and hopefully find new homes and free up space in the shelters.”

The new program is a win-win for everyone involved. The dogs who enter the program gain invaluable behavior modification and the inmates at the jail get all of the benefits that canines bring, just by being dogs – acceptance, stress relief and a bit of joy.

(Screenshots via YouTube)

Shelter website here.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.