National Mill Dog Rescue, takes rescued dogs from puppy mills (and unwanted dogs from shelters) and brings them together with inmates.
Many dogs are abused, discarded and unwanted. Dogs that were ‘used’ in puppy mills, dog fighting and dogs that are stigmatized such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.
Theresa Strader, Director and Founder: National Mill Dog Rescue
A prison program. Handles a plight that both prisoners and unwanted dogs face, and how an unlikely union between the two brings out a change in character of both man and beast — each trying to save and serve the other.
Inmates are trained to handle these rescued and unwanted dogs and then they rehabilitate the dogs through love, discipline and reward into successfully trained dogs for re-introduction or adoption.
Not only are the dogs trained, but the inmates are given a chance to do something important. This is a feeling of purpose, psychological redemption, soul redemption.
Such a Win Win program…we love it.
The results are life-changing for the prisoner, the dog, and the future pet owner.
In the video below, you’ll meet a dog named Esther who was severely abused in a puppy mill before being rehabilitated through the Prison-trained K-9 Companion Program. It’s simply incredible to watch as Jason, a prison inmate, forms his bond with Esther, and eventually must say an emotional goodbye after successfully training her and helping her emerge from her shell.
We’ve seen the impact made when these two groups of societal outcasts meet. It’s truly heartwarming — because, while many people shun both inmates and “undesirable” breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers, this program gives them an opportunity to look to each other for affection, friendship, and understanding and to foster each other’s growth. This type of program should be employed in more prisons across the country.
Esther got adopted!
This program really works. A couple who previously adopted a K-9 program dog thru Castaways were looking for a companion dog.
They actually brought that dog back to prison and the handler worked with both dogs so they were comfortable with each other and interact accordingly. The dogs are great friends and are both doing well.