Volunteers Sought to Find Homes for Inmate Trained Dogs
03/28/2013
Herald-Mail - Online

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The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance's HOPE, or Hounds of Prison Education, program needs volunteers for its second branch at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown.

The program works in cooperation with RCI to train and rehabilitate homeless dogs from its member rescue facilities so the dogs can be successfully adopted into homes.

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The program was established in 2005 and pairs screened inmates with dogs in need of a second chance.

The dogs that go to live at the prison come from sad and difficult situations, but have found safety in one of the member rescues of the alliance.

The dogs live at the prison with the inmate handlers and receive training from the handlers, as well as professional HOPE trainers, to help them reach their goals and finally find a home of their own.

The program is looking to add volunteers who can help with transportation of the dogs to appointments, adoption events and to new homes.

The program is also looking for a volunteer to fill the event coordinator position. The event coordinator works with the volunteer staff to identify, organize and attend adoption events. The position requires communication skills, attention to detail and problem-solving skills. For more information, call 717-439-7098., send an email to hopedogs@comcast.net or go to www.hopedogs.org.