Updated 4/17 at 3:06pm - Recording now available to watch on-demand!
We hope you've had a great Spring Break and we're looking forward to seeing you again on Monday, April 17, 2023 at 11am PT for our next Community Conversations call! We've heard from many of our attendees that you are interested in learning more about prison training programs so we've put together a panel of speakers to tell about their experiences.Prison training programs can be transformative. In this Community Conversation, hear from panelists who have created shelter dog training programs in partnership with correctional facilities in various states. Our panelists will include:
Kyle Cory-Yaeggi, CEO at Liberty Dogs
Cathy King, Executive Director at Canines with a Cause
@Alex Tonner, Founder and President at Paws for Life K9 Rescue
Jon Grobman, COO at Paws for Life K9 Rescue
We will also be announcing the grant winners of the March 2023 Community Conversations. Tune in to see if you're one of the winners!Register here for our Monday Community Conversations Calls: maddies.fund/CommunityConversationsRegistrationIf you are unable to make it live on Monday, this thread will be updated with the recording and resources so you can watch and share whenever you'd like. After you watch the recording or attend the call live, be sure to complete this new April entry form to enter to win up to a $10k grant: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-apr23-giveaway.htm
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Thank you to the 230+ people who joined us live for today's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand. Below you'll find a recap of the agenda, grant winners and resources shared during the call. Thank you to our incredible panel of speakers for sharing their stories with our community. I'll be posting the unanswered questions from the chat as individual comments on this thread so folks can follow along. Agenda
Presentation: Prison Training Programs Panel Discussion
Highlights From The Chat
------------------------------Charlotte OteroCommunity Strategist at Maddie's Fundshe/her------------------------------
Hello,We just started our prison program in Idaho as well, but not in Orofino, but Boise. Is there a way we can get Cathy King's email to see if we can connect 1:1 to learn more how that prison operates? We have been having some challenge and hopefully we can learn some tips to get this program better.
------------------------------Charlotte OteroCommunity Strategist at Maddie's Fundshe/herOriginal Message:Sent: 04-13-2023 09:50 AMFrom: Maddie's Pet Forum AdminSubject: Community Conversations - 4/17/23 - Prison Training Programs Discussion Panel
Unanswered question in the chat from Doris Kempton to our panelists - "Super interesting. We have a Federal and a State Correctional Facility in our community. But we are a cat rescue. Can prisoners keep a pet?"
Hi Charlotte, The prison we originally worked with in Carson City, NV had a robust prenatal kitten program, the offenders bottle fed and socialized the kittens until they we ready to go to the shelter. This is also a program you can have in jails as the kittens are there short term.Good luck
Unanswered question in the chat from Lisa Pearce to our panelists - "What was the feedback from prison officials that they promoted your project to others?"
Unanswered question in the chat from Alexis Pagoulatos to our panelists - "The statistics sound really exciting. Are there some broad success stats available by chance?"
Unanswered question in the chat from Rita Ortiz to our panelists - "We had tried to start a program with a local juvenile facility to introduce the kids to jobs with animals, starting as dog walkers & trainers, hoping to keep these kids out of prisons. Unfortunately our staff did not feel they had the time to do this. I'd love to hear any thoughts how we might be able to get this done with limited human resources?"
Partner with local animal shelters or rescue organizations: These organizations often have volunteer programs or staff who may be able to help with the training and care of animals. They may also have established relationships with local juvenile facilities and can help facilitate the program.Recruit volunteers: Reach out to your local community and see if there are volunteers who would be willing to help with the program. You may be able to find volunteers who have experience working with animals and can help with training and care.Focus on simple and manageable tasks: To minimize the workload, focus on simple tasks that can be managed with limited resources. For example, you could start by teaching the kids how to walk and exercise dogs, and gradually move on to more advanced training as the program develops.Collaborate with other organizations: Reach out to other organizations or individuals who may be able to help with the program, such as local businesses, animal behaviorists, or veterinarians. They may be able to provide resources or expertise to help get the program off the ground.
Unanswered question in the chat from Lisa Pearce to our panelists - "When dogs are ready, do they command a premium adoption fee?"
We have partnered with the Norhteast Missouri Correctional Facility, Bowling Green, MO for over 15 years. It has been an amazing experience with our shleter with a 100% adoption rate from our Puppies For Parole program. I cannot stress what an amazing partnership this is for our shelter.
Unanswered question in the chat from Amy Buttry to our panelists - "Could someone share their prison program SOP's that could be tailored to another shelter/org?😁" Related unanswered question from Claudia Labbe - "Can you share any SOPs for guidelines to start off? Thanks all!"
Unanswered question in the chat from Alexis Pagoulatos, Animal Rescue League of Berks County to our panelists - "Does anyone have a list of pitch materials we should go in with?"
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