Last July “Project Good Dog” began at NCCI Gardner. It started as a means to help shelter dogs with behavioral issues, become more adoptable. The dogs that enter the program are shelter dogs that have been surrendered by their owners, come from animal control, or were transferred from another shelter. Kristen English, a Correctional Program Officer C at NCCI Gardner and Project Good Dog coordinator, states the facility can accommodate five dogs at a time and has had a total of 19 dogs that have completed the program since July.
Dogs are paired and housed with an inmate handler for a 6 – 8 week period during this intensive curriculum. They learn to become house broken, basic obedience, kennel training, socialization, leash training, and a few simple tricks.
The program is organized by the Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, Ma. They are a nationally recognized organization that provides innovative programs and services to help animals.
If you would like to adopt a dog or support Project Good Dog please contact:
CPO Kristen English @ NCCI Gardner
Phone: 978-630-6000 x119
Or the Second Chance Animal Shelter