PAWS of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, WA has been hosting the Freedom Tails Program since January of 2018.
Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) is a state run men’s prison located in Aberdeen, WA. In 2009, Freedom Tails was created in order to give offenders an opportunity to learn about responsibility, caring, and love for another living being. For many offenders, this is the first time in their lives to have a commitment like this. As a bonus, it also gives shelter dogs an opportunity to learn basic obedience and manners; increasing their chances for adoption.
The dogs selected for the program come from various shelters within Grays Harbor County and are adopted out to committed and loving families from all over. The dogs are all spayed or neutered and up to date on shots before leaving the program. They live with the offenders 24/7 for at least ten weeks. They are trained in basic commands, both verbal and hand commands, and in socialization skills. The program started with 8 dogs and 16 handlers in one living unit, H3. But, it proved to be so popular that it has grown to two units (H3 and G), up to 16 dogs, 32 handlers, and 2-4 walkers per unit. At the end of the 10 weeks, adopters are invited to the facility to a graduation ceremony and given the opportunity to sit and talk with their new family member’s handlers. The handlers and dogs give the crowd an amazing demonstration showing off all the commands and tricks they have learned. They also relay stories of the training process with their dogs, and often share how it has changed that individuals outlook on life. As of this date, Freedom Tails has found new, loving forever homes for many dogs! This is a once in a lifetime event for many involved. Please pass on the word of the Freedom Tails program, or check into it yourself if you are looking for a new family member!
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All Freedom Tails Dogs are up to date on their vaccines, dewormed, flea treated, and spayed/neutered.