Hominy prison inmates train dogs

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

CARE Rescue, a Tulsa-based rescue organization dedicated to rescuing dogs at high-risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation, has begun partnering with the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy. This program is designed to provide inmates the human interaction, care and compassion for another living being, while saving the lives of dogs facing certain death.

For eight dogs and 16 inmates, Sept. 15 was the day that marked a new beginning for the inmates and dogs alike. For the next 12 weeks, inmates from this medium security facility unit will be training these eight dogs to be AKC-certified, making them eligible for adoption and possibly additional training to serve as therapy dogs.

These dogs, who are now no longer in an animal shelter facing euthanasia, will receive basic command training and be crate and potty-trained so they can become instant adoptable pets for a loving home.

CARE Rescue’s new program called STAR — Save Train And Rehabilitate has complete support from the inmates themselves as they chose the name and designed the logo for the program.

Under the responsibility of CARE Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, this program is the fourth of its kind partnering dogs with incarcerated inmates in Oklahoma. Currently, permanent homes are being accepted for these dogs upon graduation. More reactions and results from this program will be coming in the following weeks. Inmates involved in this program receive once-a-week, in-person guidance from Amber Bigbee, CARE Rescue trainer and JR Becker, CARE Rescue Director of Operations.

CARE Rescue is dedicated to rescuing homeless dogs, dogs in public shelters who are at high-risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances and dogs in danger of abuse or neglect. CARE Rescue strives to work with area shelters and other rescue and humane organizations to develop a network of supporters and volunteers in order to create a better world for homeless pets. CARE Rescue assists dogs in distress without regard to age, breed or ease of placement.

CARE Rescue is a nonprofit, no kill, volunteer dog rescue organization serving the Tulsa area and only places dogs in loving, responsible, committed permanent homes, following a comprehensive adoption process which includes taking considerable care in finding good matches and educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a dog into their homes and lives.