Green River Correctional Complex (GRCC) is the proud home of the Death Row Dog Program (DRD). This name was initially given to our program, due to giving these dogs a second chance for a new life. DRD has been up and running since 2004. The program started with 24 dogs in each class. Over the years, the number has decreased and there are now 12 dogs per class. The dogs in the program are housed with two inmate trainers who are responsible for their needs and training for the 12-week program.
DRD is currently in the middle of its 63rd class. As of February 2019, we have has 1,037 graduates from our program. The inmates in the program are held to a very high standard of behavior. GRCC recently turned the dorm that houses the DRD program into meritorious housing. This will demonstrate to the inmate population that good behavior has positive benefits.
We currently have two shelters and one rescue organization that provide dogs for our program.
The Sparky Rescue from Owensboro, Kentucky provides eight of our dogs per class. You can learn more by visiting the Sparky Rescue website.
The Muhlenberg County Humane Society provides two of our dogs per class. To learn more information, you can visits their website or call them at (270) 338-6940.
The Logan County Humane Society provides two of our dogs per class. To learn more information, you can visit their website or call them at (270) 726-2186.
GRCC is fortunate to have a volunteer who coordinates with the shelters and rescue organization to ensure they understand what the prison requires for the dogs while in the program. Volunteer Debbie Purdy has helped the GRCC program for several years.
You can locate the dogs trained at GRCC at PetFinder under DRD dogs.