In partnership with Frankfort-base Pawsabilities Unleashed, Roederer Correctional Complex (RCC) has a canine program designed to train service dogs. RCC's Canine Companions Program has 14 inmates handlers who train seven dogs. The inmates handlers and dogs work together in order to reach established training goals.
The dogs are trained throughout each day and live with their inmate handlers. The dogs are trained to aid individuals with autism spectrum disorder, PTSD, diabetes, hypertension, seizure disorders, hearing alert, and mobility aid. This program not only provides trained service dogs to individuals in need, it also fives inmates a "new leash on life" by providing them the opportunity to learn skills they can utilize after release.
Pawsibilities Unleashes provides certified trainers who are onsite and progressively train the inmate handlers on specific dog training techniques. The inmate handlers then utilize their newly learned skills to train the dogs in the program. When their training is completed, Pawsibilites matches service dogs to individuals with disabilities in order to help improve their quality of life. For information on how to adopt one of these highly trained service dogs, please visit the Pawsibilities Unleashed website.