In early June, the New Life K9s program organized a demonstration called “Life of Service” for Sister Pauline Quinn, who is responsible for creating the prison puppy program. Sister Quinn chose the NLK9s program to highlight in her upcoming documentary, in collaboration with The Latham Foundation, due out some time next year.
A service dog trained by two inmates in the Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) program at R.J. Donovan State Correctional Facility is now helping patients who are at the end of the their lives. Since graduating from the prison program, Stevie comforts patients who receive Symptom management care at Hospice of the North Coast’s (HNC) Pacifica House.
Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) participated in career day at John Muir Middle School in Corcoran on May 10. Staff was joined by other first responders and organizations. PVSP staff spoke with the middle-school students about the work their dogs do in detecting contraband, maintaining security in the prison and the pitfalls of drugs.
CDCR K-9 Jack will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization – Vested Interest in K9s Inc. Ventura Youth Correctional Facility K9 Jacks’ vest is sponsored by an anonymous donor.
California Rehabilitation Center’s Service Dog Program trains the dogs to help those with disabilities while also aiding in the rehabilitation of the inmates. The program has been the focus of a documentary as well as newspaper articles. On April 25, the program will celebrate its one-year anniversary.
This 2003 story looks at the department’s five drug-sniffing K-9s. “Three prisons – CSP-Solano, Correctional Training Facility and Salinas Valley State Prison – employ specially trained dogs and handlers to help stop the flow of illicit drugs. For Major and his K-9 colleagues at the other prisons, the serious business of sniffing out drugs is one big game.”