CCC’s Pups on Parole program gets special visitor

Shirley Mesa, with Mesahaus Dog Training, visited the Pups on Parole program at CCC.

By Lt. Aaron Yderraga, AA/Public Information Officer
California Correctional Center

California Correctional Center’s (CCC) Pups on Parole program recently got a visit from Mesahaus Dog Training.

Pups on Parole is a partnership between CCC and the Lassen Humane Society to help abandoned dogs find new homes.

These neglected dogs are brought to the institution’s firehouse where each one is assigned an inmate handler.  Each inmate works with their dog daily in order to teach them the skills to make them a desirable candidate for adoption.

The dogs vary in size, including this little one wearing a sweater.

Shirley Mesa paid a visit to give the pooches already in the program some valuable training, as well as give the inmate handlers a crash course in some basic dog-training techniques.  The help was well received by the firehouse inmates who have become very passionate about the program.

The Pups on Parole program was initiated in 2008, and so far has successfully found new homes for 450 dogs.

Each dog receives all required shots, are spayed or neutered and are implanted with a micro-chip for tracking purposes.  For a small fee, you can take one of these well trained dogs home.

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

For more information about the Lassen Humane Society, visit or call (530) 257-4555.

The inmate handlers have become passionate about the Pups on Parole program.


9 Responses

  1. Jim Fleckenstein Saturday, April 22, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    It is a great program. We received the best dog we’ve ever had here, Ty (POP #K9-07014). He is currently 12 years old and can still grab a frisbee out of the air! He’s always been patient with children, and very social at parks. He’s super smart (figured out how to open the front door on his own), and loves, LOVES to herd anything. He has a facebook page with pictures of anyone would like to see pictures of him.

  2. Torie WIlson Friday, March 10, 2017 / 11:12 am

    This is such a wonderful program, it’s therapeutic for both the inmate and the dog. It also enhances the dog’s chances for adoption. Way to go!

  3. Susan NKSP Wednesday, March 8, 2017 / 12:55 am

    This is wonderful! How many CDCR facilities have this program?

    • andrew M OA (G) Friday, April 14, 2017 / 10:31 am

      LAC RJD FWF And i believe there are more but im not sure

  4. Laarni Ramirez Monday, March 6, 2017 / 9:33 am

    San Quentin State Prison has this program and it’s a win win for both the dog’s handler and the dogs to be adopted to their forever home. Thank you everyone.

    I sometimes go to the yard when I’m feeling overwhelmed and being around these dogs makes my day so much better — a good therapy! I have 3 furbabies of my own and love them as my family.

  5. Bea Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Thank you so much to the staff for giving inmates the opportunity to interact with dogs. It is so helpful to their state of mind, emotionally and well being.

  6. Susan Stuart Monday, January 23, 2017 / 9:57 am

    I wish we could expand our dog grooming program at VYCF, into something like this.

    • Melissa NKSP Thursday, February 23, 2017 / 2:13 pm

      It takes people like you to push an idea like that forward! Look at Oregon Youth Authority, they’ve been able to implement these puppy programs on the youth offender side, maybe you can too. You should check with your community resource manager at your facility.

  7. Valerie Estrella Tuesday, January 10, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I think this is a really good program for the dogs and the inmates. They both need eachother and can help eachother out.

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