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Dog Program

‚ÄčThe Leading Every Animal Safely Home (LEASH) program is a partnership between the Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter and Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC) for the purpose of training homeless dogs specifically for adoption. Dogs learn common commands such as "sit, stay, down, and come" while inmates also work with them on crate training, leash walking and ensuring they are house broken.

WKCC has sponsored dog programs since 2011, helping to find forever homes for hundreds of dogs. The current number of dogs adopted is 302. Eight inmates are carefully selected to train the dogs for a 12-week duration. They must maintain honor status (continued good behavior) to remain in the program. During the training period, they are responsible for the dogs' training and health care 24 hours a day as the dogs share the trainers' living space.

The dogs are fully vetted, spayed/neutered and microchipped. The adoption fee ranges from $175-$200. Those interested in adopting a dog may contact the Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter at (270) 965-2006 or email them to receive an application.

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