The Forsyth County Jail's Pups with Purpose training program is a unique partnership between the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, dog trainer Scot Rucker, and the Forsyth County Animal Shelter. The program gives carefully selected inmates an opportunity to give back to society by providing foster care and basic obedience training to homeless, unwanted animals while enhancing the inmate's social and vocational skills. Each animal has one primary inmate trainer and at least one secondary inmate trainer who will prepare their dog to be a better canine citizen for adoption.
The program will be taught by volunteer citizen dog trainers who will instruct inmates on how to properly care for and train assigned dogs during an intensive obedience training program. During the training program, each dog will be socialized through interaction with people and other animals. Each dog will be taught obedience skills such as how to heel, sit, recall, and stay. The canines will also be house trained and learn to be responsive to voice commands.
Upon completion of the Pups with Purpose program, each dog will possess the skills necessary to function as a fully trained pet to a loving adoptive family.
Not only does the program provide selected canines that would have been "euthanized" a second chance, but it also provides social and job skills to inmates in the areas of dog training and dog grooming.
The goal of the Pups with Purpose program is to establish a community partnership that provides an opportunity for Forsyth County Jail inmates to enhance their self-worth by improving their social and vocational skills, which can aid them in becoming productive Citizens after release. In addition, the program will ensure the rescued dog possesses the skills to enjoy a lifelong relationship with a loving adoptive family.
BENEFITS TO INMATES
BENEFITS TO COMMUNITY
Participating inmates learn to redirect their focus from themselves to others
Inmates learn valuable, marketable job skills
Inmates obtain a feeling of satisfaction and self-worth as they volunteer their time to a canine’s life
The program gives them an opportunity to return something positive back to the community- a healthy, well socialized and well-adjusted pet
The program will improve social skills to better prepare the inmate for release back into the community
Lowers the euthanasia rate in the Forsyth County Animal Shelter
Lowers the costs to the Animal Shelter
Provides well-trained dogs for