Leader Dogs to Be Raised at Prison Facility
Organizers of the program believe that the prisoner-raised puppies are most likely to succeed in providing a decade of enhanced mobility, independence, and quality of life for visually impaired clients.
According to Leader Dog representatives, puppies placed in homes experience a 40% success rate in being placed with a client, while puppies raised in a prison experience a 65% success rate of being placed with a client.
In a coordinated effort between staff and prisoners, the facility will receive the puppies at seven weeks old and will train the dogs for approximately one year in social and obedience skills necessary for future placement with a blind person.
Chippewa Correctional Facility will be the first prison in Michigan offering the Leader Dog for the Blind Program.