Monday, December 10, 2007
Rosie the Golden Retriever mix was abused, hit with sticks and abandoned. A Golden Retriever rescue in South Carolina rescued her. Sr Pauline took her out of the Shelter and had a friend bring her to Washington DC. Sr Pauline drove to Washington and picked her up, then drove her to Maine.
Rosie stayed in Maine a few months, then left for New Hampshire where she went into a foster home, then went to the New Hampshire State Prison for men where an inmate trained Rosie to do many things. Still she had a hard time because of all the difficulties in her life but the inmates saw she had potential.
When Rosie was finished her training, there wasn't the possibility to place Rosie in a home for the disabled because no program was in place, so three women flew from Wisconsin to New Hampshire to pick up Rosie and a dog named Joey and flew Rosie and Joey to Wisconsin where they stayed several weeks until a place was ready for them to go to the State Prison for Women in Southern California where they were entered a women's prison for more training.Rosie didn't stay there long and she then came out of the prison and was placed with a disabled girl who really needed Rosie in her life. Rosie now has a home forever.
This is a picture of Rosie and her partner Whitney at their graduation.If we could only do the same for people who are unwanted ... that we can reach out to them no matter how long it takes and try and help them recover from their own difficult lives... then perhaps we can really make a difference and they will not suffer for all their life that they were unwanted.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Cumberland Federal Prison for men ~ Maryland
California Institution for Women
Our society seems to want to throw the key away to those who have committed crimes. They want them either dead or to spend the rest of their life in prison for the pain and suffering they have caused.
When can we forgive those who harm us? Even if they never get out of prison, they still can do things inside to make this a better world?
Who knows what they went through in their life to become as they are.
It doesn’t take away the evilness of their crime to forgive. They have to become responsible for what they have done. Is this possible?
In these pictures, the inmates don’t have “pets” in prison. They have working dogs that they are training to give to a disabled person or given to a police agency as a potential police dog. They are learning how to groom so once they are out of prison, it is a job skill they can use. They are also learning life skills.. how to take care of something that depends on them.
If we can teach others the importance of giving back something to our society, then it helps to make this a better world, one person at a time. To forgive isn’t easy to do but it is not impossible.
If St Paul could go out and persecute the Christians and God forgave him.. then we can do the same. Our life is a gift from God and no one has the right to take it away, either through crime or punishment.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
These women are taking responsibility for their crime and are now giving back to our society. They are helping others by training dogs to assist the handicapped. Since these programs need supplies to keep going, I am trying to find people willing to help them find the resources and the supplies needed to keep the program going.
PLEASE WILL YOU HELP THESE PROGRAMS
DWIGHT CORRECTIONAL for WOMEN
Brushes, combs, Leather Leashes 1/2 and 1/4 inches wide and 4 and 6 feet long, kennels and crates, dog water/food bowls, sheepskin dog beds, towels, collars such as martingales, black dog collar, gentle leaders, haltis/booties for dogs in winter, Dog toys such as new kongs, tugs, nylabones, new hoses for giving dogs a bath,short and long dog catching equipment, fully supplied first aide box with ear thermometer and tips. Dog graduation certificates. Good work shoes, insulated boots for working out in the winter with the dogs, rain coats with hoods, winter gloves, Quickie wheelchair for training the dogs, xerox machine for getting copies of training items, VCR-DVD player to look at training tapes, agility equipment, grooming table, weight scales,shop vac, heavy duty dog blow dryer, water filtering unit, trimmer for dogs pads, ears/grooming clippers and blades, VCR and DVD dog training tapes.
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN
Brushes, combs, leather leashes, 1/2 and 1/4 inches wide and 4 and 6 feet long, kennels and dog crates, two wide trailer for a training area, dog water bowls, towels, dog collars such as martingales, Gentle leaders, Halties, Black Dog training collar, fully supplied first aid kit, dog toys such as kongs, tugs, nylabones, dog training VCR and DVD tapes, training equipment such as dumb~bells, clickers, clicker training videos.
For more information contact Sr Pauline
PATHWAYS TO HOPE ~ 2316 Carney Ave ~ Marinette, Wisconsin 54143 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
When Sister Pauline Quinn heard that Central Bark Doggy Day Care, the upscale doggy “daycare” and grooming outfit, was offering a summer program for dogs and their owners at its Wisconsin location, she asked to come check it out. Sitting around a campfire, she explained how she had been abused as a child; now she ran away only to get caught and bounced among various juvenile institutions; how she stopped talking to people entirely and lived as a mute. It wasn’t until she adopted a German Shepherd named Joni that she felt safe; the dog helped her heal and, eventually, conversed with people again.
“I learned unconditional love from her,” Quinn said. “She became the bridge to meet other people and start to talk. People would come up and say, “Oh, what a beautiful dog!” Not to mention an intimidating dog. “She gave me more power,” Quinn says. “People are a little afraid of German Shepherds. Everyone would treat me with respect. It was really interesting how that worked and how the dog could help build self-esteem.”
Many years and a few dogs later, Quinn became a nun. In 1981, she developed the prison Pet Partnership Program. She rescues animals from shelters, brings them to prisons, helps prisoners train them, and then matches each dog with handicapped person who needs assistance.
“I want to give inmates an opportunity to give back to society,” Quinn says. (For more about Quinn, get the movie Within These Walls, in which Laura Dern plays the now-64-year old sister. So “people know me as a tall, blond, thin lady,” Quinn quips. “I was happy about that!”)
Now, Chris Gaba, co-founder of Central Bark and proprietor of its Fort Lauderdale location, is implementing Quinn’s program – with a twist. Influenced by Central Bark volunteer Lt. Col Connie Christensen, a retired Army nurse who told him how dogs have helped serve in every major military conflict since the Civil War, Gaba launched Dog Bless America – a campaign to buy bulletproof vets and cooling blankets for 300 military dogs working with American forces in the Middle East.
As an extension of that, Gaba’s now helping the Prison Pet program match dogs with veterans coming back from Iraq. Monetary donations for the dog food and equipment are the biggest need – it takes 15 months and $12,000 to house and train each animal. Other than that, Gaba says, they’re just trying to find Iraq vets who would best benefit from the program. “we have two dogs ready to go.” For more about Dog Bless America, see www.centralbarkusa.com
the win-win nature of prison-pet partnerships
November 2007 issue
“Like it or not,” says Sarah Stevens, “many prisoners will one day re-enter the general populace. What they learn about themselves and the skills they develop in a program like ours can ultimately translate into more caring and productive people.” Stevens is the president of Mixed Up Mutts, Inc., a nonprofit animal-welfare organization based out of LaPorte, Indiana. She is also one of the founders of Prison Tails, which operates in conjunction with a correctional facility in nearby Westville. This program partners dogs that would otherwise face euthanasia in shelters with inmates who instruct them in basic obedience through repetition and positive reinforcement. Two prescreened prisoners are matched with a single animal 24 hours a day for eight weeks, at which point the dogs are, ideally, considered improved candidates for adoption.Similar programs exist throughout the country, though several involve inmates preparing dogs for careers as service animals to the disabled or even working on agility training. While the majority of prison-pet partnerships feature canines, a handful deal with cats and horses, and nearly all include animals that were previously homeless, unwanted, or part of the shelter system. According to Stevens, the powerful influence such creatures have on prisoners is remarkable.“The program works because offenders can identify with the plight of the shelter dog that has been discarded and warehoused for his mistakes. Feeling love for and from the animals is also often a surprising and emotional experience for the [inmates], who shed tears when their ‘bunky’ for the last eight weeks leaves for his new home. By caring for the dog’s every need, prisoners discover their capacity for responsible, patient, and affectionate behavior.” Gayle Woods, executive director of the Second Chance Prison Canine Program (SCPCP), concurs. Based out of Tucson, the SCPCP connects inmates at two correctional facilities in Florence, Arizona, with shelter dogs. These teams then tackle curriculums ranging from puppy training to basic obedience to cultivating specialized skills related to serving the disabled. As Woods explains, the fact that prisoners are effectively aiding both the animals and society is inevitably linked to their personal transformation. “We worked with one inmate who essentially said to us, ‘I am at a point…where I feel like I need to give back to society because I took someone’s life. I can’t undo what I have done, but maybe if I can give back, something good can come out of it.’”
Improving the Lives of People and Animals
Sister Pauline Quinn’s extensive experience with prison-pet programs dates back to 1981 and has given her reason to attest to the enormous good that does indeed result from their existence. She operates the Pathways to Hope Prison Dog Project, which has started prison-pet partnerships that stretch from Maine to California and in between. Program regimens vary, depending in part on what the dogs are being specifically instructed to do. On the whole, however, inmates are encouraged to interact with animals as much as possible, from feeding to potty walks to belly rubs. Quinn emphasizes that the canines in question receive exceptional care.“All the dogs are socialized and loved. They have regular checkups, are fed well, and are given the opportunity to play. They sense that they’re regarded as special, and I believe that adds to their lives.” In many prison-pet partnerships, dogs spend the duration of training—which typically lasts anywhere from six weeks to a year—residing within the prison system, frequently sharing living space with inmates in their cells. Other correctional facilities feature a special dormitory area set aside for participants, while some prisons house animals in kennels or cooperate with animal-welfare groups to routinely transport dogs from off-site locations. Volunteers generally take future service dogs for trips outside prison grounds regularly to familiarize them with everyday settings where they’ll eventually be expected to assist disabled people. Apart from saving the lives of unwanted animals, the majority of prison-pet partnerships aim to provide training that primes dogs for a fulfilling existence once they complete instruction. “A dog leaves the program more mature and better able to understand the expectations of his human housemates,” Stevens says. “This in turn allows a pet to more easily adapt to a new adoptive family.” But as win-win as the aforesaid scenario sounds, prison-pet partnerships aren’t for just anyone. Most programs include careful selection and subsequent supervision by both prison staff and animal-welfare volunteers. Dogs that are overly aggressive often don’t qualify for involvement, as is also sometimes the case for offenders convicted of animal abuse or inmates who demonstrate unsatisfactory behavior behind bars. Those prisoners deemed eligible are usually expected to undergo a rigorous screening and interview process, followed by subsequent training sessions that prepare them for their roles as temporary guardians. Such measures are necessary to ensure that prison-pet partnerships provide the greatest possible benefit to both participants and the larger communities that incarcerated men and women will eventually rejoin.
Contributing to the Community
Pathways to Hope Prison Dog Project PathwaysToHope.org
Saturday, October 27, 2007
-- 2,193,798 prisoners were held in Federal or State prisons or in local jails -- an increase of 2.7% from yearend 2004, less than the average annual growth of 3.3% since yearend 1995.
-- there were an estimated 491 prison inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents -- up from 411 at yearend 1995.
-- the number of women under the jurisdiction of State or Federal prison authorities increased 2.6% from yearend 2004, reaching 107,518 and the number of men rose 1.9%, totaling 1,418,406.
WHEN WE DON'T HAVE USE FOR SOMETHING ANY MORE, WE JUST THROW IT AWAY ~
The sad facts are, each and every year people just throw their dogs away like last seasons fashions. We see hundreds of thousands of dogs arrive at animal rescue shelters, because their owners are no longer able or prepared to take the necessary steps to take care of them.
Statistics say that approximately 25 percent are unwanted presents, another 25 percent have behavioral problems and the rest are given up for domestic or other reasons.
Here's the top 10 reasons why pooches end up in the dog house.
1. The breed was that year's MUST HAVE accessory, a little bit of Paris Hilton syndrome or the 101 Dalmatians fad.
2. I just couldn't resist him in the shop window, so little, cute and fluffy - but he didn't stay that way for long.
3. Due to lack of training, the dog became aggressive, destructive and totally uncontrollable.
4. Dog was purchased on impulse. Buy first think later, usually being pressured by children then realising the level of COMMITMENT required.
5. The dog was left alone for long periods consequently barking and upsetting the neighbours and becoming aggressive, destructive and uncontrollable.
6. Old age and no longer being able to physically cope with the demands of dog ownership.
7. Let's face it owning a dog is not cheap nowadays - feeding, veterinary treatments, worming, boarding cost when your on holidays can really stretch the purse strings.
8. Seperations of couples and no one wants the dog.
9. When young families have a new arrival and the responsibility and expense become too much. 10. Owners move to a new apartment with a no pet rule.
In all fairness there are valid reasons that people have when having to part with their dogs but the trend that seems to be shining through is that people have to realise when purchasing a dog is a responibility thats on going. Its not like buying lip gloss, if you don't like it you can change it or throw it away.
The Associated Press
Capt. Dean Will of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that a bicyclist riding in the Lake Bernice area Monday night noticed the bag and saw it was moving, so he stopped, opened it up and found the little white dog.Jean North, a receptionist at Wright Veterinary Service, said Benji was malnourished when he was brought in, and he couldn’t see.“His eyes were matted shut,” she said.But he was given food and a haircut and has been doing well, except that he still has trouble walking, she said.If the dog isn’t adopted out, it could become an office dog, North said.The sheriff’s department so far has no leads on who dumped the dog, Will said Friday.“We’re just glad it’s alive,” he said. “How an individual could do that to an animal is really hard to accept.”
Finding hope in unexpected places
My cellmate and I are helping others
By Charles Huckelbury For the Monitor
June 17. 2007 10:00AM
Living in a prison cell is always a battle with clutter, but my cell is a bit more crowded than usual these days since Joey moved in. No, Joey isn't your typical slug who doesn't know how to do time. He's a Labrador retriever, just shy of two years old, smarter than most of the guys I hang around with, and still full of puppy mischief in ways I would love to describe if I could be sure his trainers weren't reading this.
But there's much more to Joey than cute, something I discovered when I was fortunate enough to be among the men selected to participate in Pathways to Hope, a national program conceived by Sister Pauline Quinn and implemented here at the state prison to train service dogs for people with specific disabilities.
After careful vetting by the administration, those of us who made the cut as handlers underwent an introduction to Dog Training 101, courtesy of Gail Fisher and her staff at All Dogs Gym and Inn in Manchester. Dogs had been my constant companions before I came to prison, but the type of training Gail introduced opened my eyes to possibilities I had never considered.
Our primary job was to teach the dogs basic commands (e.g. sit, stay, down, come) and socialize them in order to prepare them for the more intensive and precise training they would need to undergo prior to being assigned to particular clients. Along the way, we also taught them other things that were
fun for us and the dogs, things like retrieving specific objects from a collection, turning lights on and off, and removing items of clothing.
Joey was ahead of the curve when it came to removing clothing. Unfortunately, before he perfected his technique, removing my jacket, for example, also resulted in numerous surprises: First he removed my jacket's cuffs, then the collar. Imagine a 75-pound animal working like crazy because he knows he'll get a treat at the end of the exercise, and you'll have some idea of how that must have looked.
Gail and her staff regularly check our progress. They assign us additional tasks to teach the dogs, since it quickly became obvious that they were smart enough to accomplish their original goals in spite of our own limitations in training techniques. Their progress has been amazing, because they are incredibly smart.
A year and a half into the program the dogs are getting ready to graduate and leave for their specific training, which will naturally create a huge hole until we have three more to continue the process. But the consolation, of course, is the knowledge that they will be going to someone who needs them far more than we do. For example, for every soldier killed in Iraq, at least eight more are wounded, many critically. What greater service could these dogs provide than helping those men and women who have given so much for the rest of us?
It is impossible to convey what being a part of this program has meant for us in here. In an environment that ridicules affection, where claims of loyalty are only lip service to expediency, and where the only beauty is found in a three-hour visit with my wife twice weekly, Joey has added a dimension to my life that I never would have expected.
I came to prison when I was 27. I am now 61. By traditional standards, I would hardly be described as lucky, and yet I am. Never have I smiled or laughed more than since Joey has come to live with me. Never have I felt such satisfaction in being able to do something worthwhile. And never have I felt such a sense of accomplishment than when looking into those soulful eyes - even when I know he's hustling me for an extra treat.
Pathways to Hope is thus the most appropriate name of this program. While I probably don't share a common religious faith with the people Joey will eventually help, we do share a common hope for a brighter future. And it will be brighter in no small measure because this program makes it possible for us to give what we can to make another person's life more rewarding.
If Joey can help one wounded soldier walk again, If he can help one blind person navigate the streets and shops in Concord safely, all of us will be better for the experience.
By allowing us to be a part of something much bigger than prison, Pathways to Hope therefore defines us in terms of our potential as human beings and not as mere statistics or, worse, the last bad thing we did. I can't make yesterday better, but because of this astonishing program, with Joey's help, I can improve someone else's tomorrow.
(Charles Huckelbury is serving a murder sentence at the state prison.)
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By CHARLES HUCKELBURY
For the Monitor
Friday, October 26, 2007
PLEASE HELP THIS PROGRAM. THEY ARE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB IN HELPING PRISONERS CHANGE THEIR LIVES AS WELL AS HELPING UNWANTED DOGS AND DOGS THAT ARE DONATED TO THE PROGRAM. PLEASE DONATE