KINGMAN - They've done their time and now five dogs from the Friends from the Pen program are looking for a new home.
Mohave Companion Animal Rescue Efforts Network and Management and Training Corporation at Arizona State Prison - Kingman, in Golden Valley, will be holding a graduation ceremony and open house for the dogs and their trainers from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 16 at the prison.
The public is welcome to come and check out all of the dogs' new tricks. The dogs and their inmate handlers will show off all their new talents and then mingle with the guests. The dogs will be up for adoption after the graduation. Residents interested in adopting one of the dogs will have to fill out an application and then go through a screening process.
Residents interested in attending the open house will need to contact the prison in order to provide identifying information; contact Huey Morris from MTC at (928) 565-2460 ext. 200. The information must be provided by July 9 in order to attend the event.
The program is a partnership between CARE-Net and MTC to save dogs from being euthanized at the county animal shelter and provide a positive experience for the inmates.
For the Luv of Paws and Help Animals Live Today sponsored the five dogs. Each dog went through an extensive, eight-week training process with two inmates from the prison. The dogs spend almost all day with two inmates. Each inmate must keep a daily log of the dog's behavior, eating habits and training. This later helps CARE-Net match the dogs with the perfect owners. By the end of the eight-weeks the dogs can sit, stay, down, come and heel with or without a leash. Each dog is then put up for adoption. Residents interested in adopting one of the dogs will have to fill out an application and then go through a screening process. Any dogs that are not adopted will be transferred to the Western Arizona Humane Society in Lake Havasu City CARE-Net and MTC plan to add another five dogs to the program shortly and hopefully have 20 dogs in the program at any one time by the end of the year.
They also hope to eventually extend the program beyond the Kingman animal shelter to all of the animal shelters in the county.