Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wards in New “Prison Pup” Program Train Abused and Neglected Dogs for Re-adoption into the Community
The Canine Support Team is a non-profit organization that provides service to people with disabilities. Nearly 20 years ago, CEO, Founder and Training Manager, Carol Roquemore started placing dogs with people who use wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or canes. The success of the program has grown from 4 puppies to 20 with more than 50 California inmate participants training the animals for dedicated service in the community.
Recently CST was looking to expand the existing prison-based program. Research of the local animal shelters shows a high kill rate of unwanted dogs left in animal shelters for extended periods of time. The main reason for euthanizing pets is due to limited resources in caring for them. The overall neglect and abuse has left them in a desolate state.
The Prison Pup Program is partnered up with Prison Pup Program Manager, Donna Shawver and Janette Thomas, Chief Operating Officer and Training Supervisor, and Michelle Lee, Treatment Team Supervisor from Heman Stark YCF. The case managers working directly with the program are Jared Mory and Cedric Shiner, both Youth Correctional Counselors, along with support from all the counselors working on the OR Treatment Team.
The Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility is the largest youth correctional facility within the DJJ. This facility opened up in 1959 with an original mission to younger youth in need of reform. Nearly 49 years later, Heman G. Stark is housing some of the state's most violent and older wards with more serious offenses.
Posted by CDCR_Star at 9:24 AM