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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Community Service - Dog Program

Address

770 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43222

Phone

614-752-1736

Many institutions participate in Inmate Community Service Dog Programs, including training and caring for puppies and dogs for programs that assist persons who are physically and/or visually impaired.


Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution

Program Clark County Humane Society (Pets Educated to Survive)
Description Trains and socializes abandoned or surrendered animals.  Dogs receive basic obedience training which makes them more adoptable.
Adoption Through Clark County Humane Society  
Cost $150
Partner Contact Krissi Hawke Rapp at (937) 399-2917
Web Address www.petfinder.com
Prison Contact James Tabler (419) 224-8000 or James.Tabler@odrc.state.oh.us

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Belmont Correctional Institution

Program Golden Endings
Description Rescues neglected, abused, and abandoned dogs and provides obedience training.
Adoption Through Golden Endings Rescue League
Cost $300 includes spay and all shots.
Partner Contact Marsha Sines (740) 859-2255
Web Address http://www.goldenendingsrescue.com/
Prison Contact Michelle Bohandy at 740-695-5169, Ext. 3900 or Michelle.Bohandy@odrc.state.oh.us
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Program Save a Puppy
Description Rescues neglected, abused, and abandoned dogs and provides obedience training.
Adoption Through Belmont County Animal Rescue League
Cost $92
Partner Contact Belmont County Animal Rescue League (740) 695-4708
Web Address www.petfinder.com
Prison Contact Lori Taylor at 740-695-5169, Ext. 2530; Lori.Taylor@odrc.state.oh.us; Tim Yager at 740-695-5169, ext. 3600; Tim.Yager@odrc.state.oh.us 
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Program German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
Description Obedience training
Adoption Through German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
Cost  
Partner Contact Adriana Sokach 614-855-3617
Prison Contact Shane Kildow, 740-695-5169, Ext. 3311

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Chillicothe Correctional Institution

Program Zanesville Animal Shelter Society
Description Trains rescued animal shelter dogs in basic obedience.
Adoption Through Zanesville Animal Shelter Society
Cost $150
Partner Contact Becky Kelson (740) 452-1077
Web Address www.petfinder.com
Prison Contact Jaime Glandon (740) 774-7080, Ext. 2136 or Jaime.glandon@odrc.state.oh.us

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Franklin Medical Center

Program Eskies Behind Bars
Description Houses Eskimos, full and mixed breed for Tender Loving Canine Rescue to assist in successful adoptions.
Adoption Through Tender Loving Canine Rescue
Cost $100 to $300 includes spay and current shots and vaccinations.
 Partner Contact Don and Tracie Cobb (614) 519-5705
Web Address http://www.tlcrescue.com/
Prison Contact George A. Frederick II (614) 445-5960, Ext. 2210, George.Frederick@odrc.state.oh.us or Patricia Sheard (614) 445-5960, Ext. 2205, Patricia.Sheard@odrc.state.oh.us
Program Pilot Dogs, Inc.
Description Puppies are trained to assist the hearing and/or visually impaired.  They learn socialization and basic commands.
Adoption Through Please contact Pilot Dogs, Inc., 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Cost $75
Partner Contact Toni Gray (614) 449-2136
Prison Contact Ann Hawke (614) 445-8600, ext. 2256 or Ann.Hawke@odrc.state.oh.us
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Program Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio, Inc.
Description Puppies are trained basic obedience, socialization training and evaluation of behaviors and potential problems prior to placement into new adoptive homes
Adoption Through Please contact Purebred Rescue, 7356 State Route 38 NE, Bloomingburg, Ohio  43106
Cost  
Partner Contact Lori Blackburn (937) 423-4738 
Prison Contact Ann Hawke (614) 445-8600, ext. 2256 or Ann.Hawke@odrc.state.oh.us

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Corrections Reception Center

Program A.D.O.P.T Pet Rescue
Description Dogs learn basic canine manners, how to obey commands, and are socialized with multiple people in a variety of situations.
Adoption Through A.D.O.P.T Pet Rescue
Cost $200
Partner Contact http://adoptpetrescue.org/
Web Address http://adoptpetrescue.org/
Prison Contact Gretchen Persohn at (614) 877-2441 or Gretchen.Persohn@odrc.state.oh.us
   

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Dayton Correctional Institution

Program Pilot Dogs, Inc.
Description Puppies are trained to assist the visually impaired. They learn socialization and basic commands.
Adoption Through Please contact Pilot Dogs, Inc. to get on the waiting list, 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Cost $100
Partner Contact Toni Gray (614) 449-2136
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Program Circle Tail, Inc.
Description Trains service/hearing dogs and pet dogs for adoption
Adoption Through Circle Tail, Inc., 8834 Carey Lane, Pleasant Plain, OH 45162
Cost $175 and up, depending on breed and level of training of the dog
Partner Contact Marlys Staley (513) 877-3325
Web Address  
Prison Contact Kimberly D. McGlothen (937) 263-0060, ext. 5021 or Kimberly.McGlothen@odrc.state.oh.us
   

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Grafton Correctional Institution

Program Love-A-Pup
Description Trains dogs in obedience for family adoptions.
Adoption Through Lorain County Animal Protection League (APL)
Cost $70 includes spay, first set of shots, worming, and veterinarian exam.
Partner Contact Denise Willis (440) 322-4321
Web Address www.FriendshipAPL.org or www.petfinder.com
Prison Contact Venessa Shepherd (440)748-1161, Ext. 392 or Venessa.Shepherd@odrc.state.oh.us

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Hocking Correctional Facility

Program Avalon Animal Rescue
Description Trains dogs in obedience for family adoptions.
Adoption Through Avalon Animal Rescue
Cost $130; all adoptions require a home visit and a vet reference.
Partner Contact Nanette Rorick (740) 797-4469 or acramer@frognet.net
Web Address www.petfinder.org/shelters/OH261.html
Prison Contact Anne Richardson, (740) 753-1917 Ext. 2101
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Program  Hocking County Humane Society
Description Trains dogs in obedience training for family adoptions.
Adoption Through Hocking County Humane Society
Cost Contact shelter
Partner Contact Sandy Harvey, (740) 380-9109
Web Address None
Prison Contact Anne Richardson (740) 753-1917, Ext. 2101
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Program  GSP Care (German Shorthaired Pointer)
Description Trains dogs in obedience training for family adoptions.
Adoption Through GSP Care of Ohio Rescue, Inc.
Cost $300 includes vetting, spay, all vaccinations
Partner Contact Adrianna Sokach (614) 855-3617
Web Address gspcareohio.freeservers.com
Prison Contact Anne Richardson (740) 753-1917, Ext. 2101

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Lake Erie Correctional Institution

Program Pound Puppy
Description Trains dogs in obedience training for family adoptions
Adoption Through Animal Protection League (APL).
Cost Adoption fee $125
Prison Contact Jennifer Maki at (440) 599-5000 or Jennifer.Maki@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, Tammy at (440) 224-1222
Web Address www.petfinder.com

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Lebanon Correctional Institution

Program 4 PAWS For Ability
Description Provides obedience training and placement of service dogs for family placement or for people with disabilities. A large majority of the 4PAWS dogs go to children with autism. The goals of 4 PAWS is to provide everyone defined as disabled with a service dog, reduce the number of unwanted animals and increase public awareness of the laws regarding service animals and those defined as disabled.
Adoption Through 4 PAWS For Ability.
Cost Adoption fees vary, usually around $200 - $500 for dogs that do not make the program.  Cost includes spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip. License fee NOT included. For more information regarding service dogs, please visit 4PAWS website.
Prison Contact Janice Vurginac (513) 932-1211, Ext. 3316; Deborah Snider (513) 932-1211 Ext. 3911
Partner Contact 4 PAWS For Ability, Karen Shirk, 937-374-0385, www.4pawsforability.org or Karen4paws@aol.com
Web Address www.4pawsforability.org

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London Correctional Institution

Program Circle Tail, Inc.
Description Trains service/hearing dogs and pet dogs for adoption
Adoption Through Circle Tail, Inc.
Cost $95.00 and up, depending on the level of training of the dog.
Prison Contact Theodore Cooper, Unit A 3/4 at (740) 852-245, Ext. 2520
Partner Contact Circle Tail, Inc. Marlys Staley, 513-877-3325, e-mail Marlys@circletail.org
Web Address www.circletail.org
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Program Pure Bred Rescue (P.R.O.)
Description Trains dogs in obedience training for family adoptions
Adoption Through Pure Bred Rescue (P.R.O.), Lori Blackburn, P.O. Box 88, Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
Cost $250 and up
Prison Contact Ben Gilliam, Unit D 3 at (740) 852-2454 Ext. 2410
Partner Contact Lori Blackburn at (866) 841-9137
Web Address www.purebredrescueorganization.com

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Lorain Correctional Institution

Program Berea Animal Rescue
Description Fosters rescued dogs of all breeds for family adoption.  Provides socialization and basic obedience training.
Adoption Through Berea Animal Rescue
Cost Puppies (less than 7 months) $200; Adults (7 months to 6 years) $100; Seniors (7 years or older) $85; Small dogs (less than 7 years and less than 25 lbs) $200
Prison Contact Tracy Rachel (440) 748-1049, ext. 458
Partner Contact Berea Animal Rescue (440) 234-2034; dogcommittee@bereaanimalrescue.com
Web Address bereaanimalrescue.com

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Madison Correctional Institution

Program Fresh Start Canine/Feline Program
Description Foster abandoned dogs and cats for family adoption.  Provide medical care to special needs cases.  Provide training of basic commands for dogs.
Adoption Through Madison County Humane Society
Cost $105 dog adoption fee, $14 license fee.  $60 cat adoption fee.  Fees include spay or neuter, one-year rabies, and current shots and microchip. 
Prison Contact(s) Lori Campbell at (740) 852-9777, Ext. 2430, or Lynda Junk at (740) 852-9777, Ext. 2337
Partner Contact Fresh Start, Madison County Humane Society
Web Address http://www.hsmcohio.com/

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Mansfield Correctional Institution

Program (1) Tender Loving Dog Care (TLDC)
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through Ashland County Humane Society
Cost $175
Prison Contact Amanda Selvage at 419-526-2000, ext. 806-4100, or Amanda.Selvage@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Ashland County Humane Society, Estill Tibbs at (419) 651-1689
Web Address www.petfinder.com
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Program Tender Loving Dog Care (TLCD)
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through Richland County Humane Society
Cost $175
Prison Contact Amanda Selvage at 419-526-2000, ext. 806-4100, or Amanda.Selvage@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Richland County Humane Society, Missy Houghton at (419) 774-4795
Web Address www.petfinder.com; www.adoptourstrays.com
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Program Tender Loving Dog Care (TLCD)
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through Richland County Dog Warden's Office
Cost $150
Prison Contact Amanda Selvage at 419-526-2000, ext. 806-4100, or Amanda.Selvage@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Richland County Dog Warden's Office, Laurie Miller at (419) 774-5892
Web Address www.petfinder.com

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Marion Correctional Institution

Program  Animal Shelter Society
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through Humane Society and Zanesville Animal Shelter via Marion Correctional Institution
Cost $175
Prison Contact Kathy Hamilton at (740) 382-5781, ext. 2210; kathy.hamilton@odrc.state.oh.us; or Cory Blankenship at (740) 382-5781, ext. 2232; cory.blankenship@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Through institution
Web Address www.petfinder.com


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Noble Correctional Institution

Program Cell Dogs
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through County partners Guernsey, Monroe, and Washington
Cost $45 adoption fee, includes shots and rabies vaccination
Prison Contact David Covey at (740) 732-5188, Ext. 3302
Partner Contact Guernsey County, Pound Partners, Patsy Peppers at (740) 432-2241; Monroe County, Diane Konecny at (740) 567-4009; and Washington County, Steve at (740) 373-5959.
Web Address  

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North Central Correctional Complex

Program WAGS for Kids (Working Animals giving Service for Kids)
Description Training dogs to go to children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio
Adoption Through N/A 
Cost N/A
Prison Contact Theresa Jolliff at (740) 387-7040 Ext. 3172; Theresa.Jolliff@odrc.state.oh.us;
Partner Contact WAGS for Kids, Wendy Nelson (216) 406-7656; wendy@wags4kids.com
Web Address http://www.wags4kids.com/


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Northeast Reintegration Center

Program Under the Wing
Description Fostering care for dogs and cats.  Provide monthly dog training, skills, and seminars to offenders to facilitate pet obedience.
Adoption Through Under the Wing
Cost None
Prison Contact Dessie Cheers at (216) 771-6460, Ext. 2201; dessie.cheers@odrc.state.oh.us  
Partner Contact Emily Erbs at (216) 406-1220; or (216) 881-6007
Web Address www.underthewing.org

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Oakwood Correctional Facility

Program Oakwood Dog Harbor Program
Description Trains rescued dogs from area shelters in obedience training
Adoption Through Area Humane Societies
Cost Adoption fee ranges from $55-$100
Prison Contact Dirk D. Esmonde at (419) 225-8052, Ext. 3005, or Karen.esmonde@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Allen County Dog Warden, Angels For Animals, Shelby County Humane Society, Hand Me Down Dobes, Lots of Love Rescue, Auglaize County Humane Society
Web Address www.petfinder.com

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Ohio Reformatory for Women

Program (1) Circle Tails
Description Trains service/hearing dogs and pet dogs for adoption
Adoption Through Circle Tail, Inc.
Cost Adoption fee $95.00 and up, depending on the level of training.
Prison Contact Jeff Coleson at 937-642-1065, ext 2089; Jeffrey.Coleson@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Circle Tail, Inc. Marlys Staley, 513-877-3325, e-mail Marlys@circletail.org
Web Address www.circletail.org
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Program Second Chance Dogs
Description Trains retired greyhounds for family adoption
Adoption Through Team Greyhound Adoptions of Ohio, Inc.
Cost $100 non-refundable deposit included in $200 adoption fee
Prison Contact Sgt. Ron Price at 937-642-1065, ext. 3113; Ronald.Price@odrc.state.oh.us 
Partner Contact  Pam Voss at 877-842-6446 (Team Greyhound Adoptions of Ohio) or nettienvanilla@yahoo.com
Web Address www.teamgreyhound.com
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Program Union County Humane Society
Description Foster and train senior dogs up for adoption and foster cats up for adoption
Adoption Through Union County Humane Society
Cost Senior dogs $70; adult dogs $110; puppies $150; cats and kittens $70
Prison Contact Jeff Coleson
Partner Contact James Froehlich, 937-642-6716; james@uchspets.org
Web Address www.uchspets.org

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Pickaway Correctional Institution

Program Team Greyhound of Ohio Inc.
Description Trains dogs in obedience for family adoption
Adoption Through Team Greyhound of Ohio Inc.
Cost $200; $100 non-refundable
Prison Contact Sherri Tillett at (614) 877-4362, Ext. 2515 or Sherri.Tillett@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Wendy Simon or Tracy Poplinski at (877) TGA-OHIO or president@teamgreyhound.com
Web Address www.teamgreyhound.com
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Program Pilot Dog, Inc.
Description Puppies are trained to assist the hearing and/or visually impaired.  They learn socialization and basic  commands
Adoption Through Pilot Dog, Inc.
Cost $75
Prison Contact Amy Richardson at (614) 877-4362 Ext. 2401 or Amy.Richardson@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Laura Schott at (614) 449-2136, Pilot Dog, Inc., 550 Stimmel Road, Columbus, OH  43223
Web Address www.petfinder.com

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Richland Correctional Institution

Program Pound Puppy Program
Description Trains dogs for family placement
Adoption Through Ashland County Dog Warden (419) 289-1455
Cost $100
Prison Contact Adrienne Husty (419) 526-2100, or Adrienne.Husty@odrc.state.oh.us; Wanda Nelson (419) 526-2100, or Wanda.Nelson@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Ashland County Dog Warden, Tom Kohst at 419-289-1455
Web Address www.petfinder.com

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Ross Correctional Institution

Program Circle Tail, Inc.
Description Trains service/hearing dogs and pet dogs for adoption
Adoption Through Circle Tail, Inc.
Cost $125.00 and up, depending on the level of training of the dog.
Prison Contact Marsha Smith at 740-774-7050 ext. 2167
Partner Contact Circle Tail, Inc. Staley, 513-877-3325, e-mail Marlys@circletail.orgg
Web Address www.circletail.org
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Program Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
Description Train dogs for service work to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs.
Adoption Through Canine Companions for Independence (graduates)
Cost None at RCI; $100 training fee for 2 week course with graduate dog in Delaware, Ohio
Prison Contact Denice Parker at 740-774-7050, ext. 2751, or Debbie Tackett at 740-774-7050, ext. 2567
Partner Contact Canine Companions for Independence, Suzanne Sliclen at 740-548-4447.
Web Address www.cci.org

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Southeastern Correctional Complex

All dogs located at the Southeastern Correctional Complex are featured on the web site:  www.adoptapet.com.  Click "find a shelter" on the right side and use zip code "43130" and shelter name "Southeastern" to identify one of our dogs.

Program Perry County Humane Society
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through Perry County Humane Society
Cost $150
Prison Contact Lora Stotts (740) 653-4324, ext. 2406 (Lora.Stotts@odrc.state.oh.us); Mag Wright (740) 653-4324, ext. 2229 (Mag.Wright@odrc.state.oh.us)
Partner Contact Jack Price at (740) 347-4233
Web Address www.perrychs.com
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Program Saving Pets One at a Time (S.P.O.T. - Humane Society of Morgan County)
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through S.P.O.T.
Cost $125
Prison Contact Lora Stotts (740) 653-4324, ext. 2406 (Lora.Stotts@odrc.state.oh.us); Mag Wright (740) 653-4324, ext. 2229 (Mag.Wright@odrc.state.oh.us)
Partner Contact Susan Moody 740-554-7466; Kellie Caldwell 740-962-9164
Web Address www.morganspot.org
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Program Second Chance Companions (Bremen, OH)
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through Second Chance Companions
Cost $150
Prison Contact Lora Stotts (740) 653-4324, ext. 2406 (Lora.Stotts@odrc.state.oh.us); Mag Wright (740) 653-4324, ext. 2229 (Mag.Wright@odrc.state.oh.us)
Partner Contact Jackie Hardman, RVT
Web Address www.2ndchancecompanions.com
   

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Toledo Correctional Institution

Program ToCI PUPPS Program (Prisoners United Puppies and People through Service)
Description Foster and train puppies and dogs for people with physical disabilities
Adoption Through N/A
Cost N/A
Prison Contact Linda Meeks at (419) 426-7977, Ext 7234, or Linda.Meeks@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. (ADAI), Jan Brown, Executive Director at (419) 825-3622
Web Address www.adai.org

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Trumbull Correctional Institution

Program Trumbull County Dog Kennel
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through www.petfinder.com
Cost $10 for a puppy under the age of 3 months and $20 for a dog over 3 months, plus dog license fee of $14. Mandatory spay and neuter program not included in cost
Prison Contact Chris Hurst (330) 898-0820 Ext. 2008
Partner Contact dgsmith@co.trumbull.oh.us or 330-675-2787
Web Address www.petfinder.com
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Program Caring Companions - Trumbull County Animal Welfare League
Description Foster and train abandoned dogs for family adoption
Adoption Through www.petfinder.com
Cost $130 (includes all vaccinations, neutering, dog obedience trained and microchip
Prison Contact Robert Dezee (330) 898-0820 Ext. 1201
Partner Contact Trumbull County Animal Welfare League 330-399-2086
Web Address www.petfinder.com

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Warren Correctional Institution

Program 4 PAWS For Ability
Description Provides obedience training and placement of service dogs for family placement or for people with disabilities. A large majority of the 4PAWS dogs go to children with autism. The goals of 4 PAWS is to provide everyone defined with as disabled with a service dog, reduce the number of unwanted animals and increase public awareness of the laws regarding service animals and those defined as disabled.
Adoption Through 4 PAWS For Ability.
Cost Adoption fees vary, usually around $125-175.00-includes spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip. License fee NOT included.
Prison Contact Garland Wallace (513) 932-3388, Ext. 2163, Garland.Wallace@odrc.state.oh.us
Partner Contact 4 PAWS For Ability, Karen Shirk, 937-374-0385, www.4pawsforability.org or Karen4paws@aol.com
Web Address www.4pawsforability.org

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