COVID UPDATE: During covid we have temporarily stopped all greyhounds going into the prison, until the volunteers can once again have weekly access to them inside the prison. Therefore, ALL greyhounds are in home foster care. We will let you know when the prison program can safely resume, hopefully in the fall.
Eight of our greyhounds are being fostered, trained on basic house manners, and loved at Putnamville Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men in Greencastle, Indiana. Each greyhound has a team of 2 specially selected offender-handlers. They assume total care for transitioning these dogs from a professional athlete to a family pet, in preparation for a successful adoption. Our greyhound savvy volunteers coach the men and check on their progress weekly at Dog Meetings. We also go inside the dorm where the greyhounds live to ensure the well-being of the prison dogs. Occasionally a greyhound ends up being too shy for the loud, busy prison environment and we immediately remove the dog. We chose Putnamville because they have great staff, who value this program, and want the best future for these dogs as well as their handlers. Prison dogs graduate and go home to their adopters approximately 1 – 2 months after arrival. We accept adoption holds while the dog is incarcerated. A nonrefundable adoption fee of $350 will hold your dog (as adoption-pending) but he must still finish the entire program. The date for Dog Adoption Day (when your greyhound comes home to his family) is often scheduled to coincide with the next new greyhound arrivals that will take their place, so the exact time varies.
Other greyhounds are fostered in volunteer homes. Our Foster Folks are working in the same way as the offender-handlers do to transition their greyhound from professional athlete to family pet. No matter where your greyhound went after he jumped off the haul, our goal is for them to learn basic house manners. This is not designed to be obedience training. We can only put a specific number of greyhounds inside the prison. They must be specially selected (friendly, outgoing, confident personalities) but that does not mean those in home foster care are anything less than this. It only means our space inside the prison is limited. If a greyhound in home foster care has a specific quirk or injury or medical issue, we will clearly state what we know. Sometimes we have more greyhounds that could have gone inside the prison if we had more space available! Also, every greyhound going inside the prison must be spayed/neutered BEFORE they travel to Indy. We do not think it is fair for a greyhound to arrive unvetted, then get spayed / neutered, and go through the necessary recovery from their surgery in a volunteer home for a few weeks, only to later be put into a prison dorm. In our minds, that is a step backward for the greyhound. You can take a kennel dog, and put them into a prison dorm, on their way to a forever home. But to go from a kennel, to a foster home, to a prison dorm is unacceptable. Once a greyhound transitions to life in a “real” home, he should not be expected to give that up. There are some differences between a home and a prison dorm!
To read the individual profiles of available greyhounds, click on their name from the drop down menu bar. For more frequent updates, you will want to follow us on Facebook. We post regularly for the greyhounds on Facebook, but often we cannot update the website. We are an all-volunteer organization, and weekly website updates would be cumbersome. Your nonrefundable adoption fee can be transferred to another greyhound if you discover that the one you first chose is not a good fit. We want your adoption to work out well for everyone involved, including the greyhound!
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