In 2010, each team consisted of two inmates and a West Volusia Humane Society, no kill, shelter dog. The first ten inmates started June 1, 2010 with orientation and setting up the supplies for the PRISON PUPS AND PALS project. The dogs arrived on June 2nd. The first class or two will hopefully provide at least eight men that will take on the position of “Trainer”. Each Inmate is required to have a daily diary as well as an weekly health and kennel care report It includes their dog’s progress along with interactions with other dogs, inmates and the environment. I have to depend upon the West Volusia Kennel Club representatives to give me the inmate diaries.
In 2011 Tomoka welcomes Halifax Humane Society, Daytona Beach, Fl and will be the official Shelter for this program.
This Diary will be changed almost daily. As each new day arrives, I know something will be interesting enough to place the story here. Each inmate has a personal observation diary. Every week or so I will hopefully get a copy. I will add to each individual dog’s page, the doggie escapades at the Tomoka Correctional Institution.
To date, very few inmate training “doggie” diaries were handed to me by the West Volusia Kennel Club’s representative. I am unable to relay the daily happenings within the project. I even donated 40 standard composition books with 100 pages to the program for this purpose. I will try again. Sorry.
Karen K Clark
Information and terms you should know about
Caretaker: He is responsible for feeding, grooming and cleaning up after the dog. This is the first step towards becoming a handler/ trainer.
Handler: Has the responsibility of training and when in the absence of the caretaker, takes on responsibility of caretaker. The next step is trainer.
Lead Trainer: Facilitating canine training and monitoring the individual progress of all dogs in this program.
Trainer: Responsible for training the dog full time.
All inmates were carefully screened for this program and realize that their success will lead to future classes and help shelter dogs get an edge with obedience training to get adopted.
PUPS ARE LINED UP FOR THEIR MORNING EXERCISES.
INSTRUCTORS ARE VOLUNTEERS FROM THE WEST VOLUSIA KENNEL CLUB