PawsForward

PawsForward – Oshkosh

inmates with pupsThe PawsForward – Oshkosh program began in December 2012 after several years of planning. The inmates at Oshkosh Correctional Institute raise, train, feed, water and care for our dogs in the same manner as home puppy raisers. The process is different from traditional training as we also have local Oshkosh volunteer puppy socializers who periodically take the puppies out of the institution for various forms of training and socializing. We also have several Oshkosh volunteers who conduct weekly classes within the institution for inmates on training, grooming, etc.

inmate and pupWithout the help and support of the Oshkosh Correctional Institution Management and Staff, all the Oshkosh Volunteers, the OccuPaws Board, and several other OccuPaws Volunteers, this program would not have been possible.  Our initiative is to place up to fifteen (15) dogs in training at OSCI which will help us with our mission to provide a highly customized guide dog to each and every Wisconsin and Midwest resident who needs one, at no cost to the client.  We currently have about 25 inmates and 8 dogs in training.  Several currently working dogs have spent some of their training time in the PawsForward Program.

If you would like to help with a monetary or in-kind donation to support this program, visit our Donate Now page.

Or apply to volunteer as a puppy socializer or trainer.
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PawsForward – Oxford

Iris and inmateFCI Oxford approached us about adding an additional prison program at their institution in July 2015. We were thrilled with the results of our program at OSCI and excited about the prospect of expanding to another institution, and so the PawsForward – Oxford program began in November 2015. The inmates at FCI Oxford raise, train, feed, water and care for our dogs in the same manner as home puppy raisers. The process is different from traditional training as we also have local Oxford volunteer puppy socializers who take the puppies out of the institution on weekends for various forms of training and socializing. We also have several area volunteers who conduct weekly classes within the institution for inmates on training, grooming, etc.

inmate and dogWithout the help and support of the FCI Oxford Management and Staff, all the area Volunteers, the OccuPaws Board, and several other OccuPaws Volunteers, this program would not have been possible. We currently have about 10 inmates and 4 dogs in training with an initiative of placing up to 10 dogs in training as well as providing puppy sitting services to our Madison based home puppy raisers.

If you would like to help with a monetary or in-kind donation to support this program, visit our Donate Now page.

Or apply to volunteer as a puppy socializer or trainer.

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