The St. Paddy's Pups are currently in class at the Marion Correctional Institution Work Camp. After graduation, they will be ready to take home on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2017.
*Update: We are happy to announce that all four dogs have been adopted! Be sure to check this page in the days following our St. Paddy's Pups graduation to see our next trainees!
You can see photos of their first day, our outings and our visits on our Facebook page. We will post details here and on Facebook of their upcoming outings, where you will have a chance to meet this new group of dogs.
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About the FIDO Project
This program is a partnership with Marion Correctional Institution for The FIDO Project. A few select inmates of MCI’s Work Camp have embarked on a journey with some of our homeless shelter dogs. These men will prepare the dogs by training them in basic obedience and socialization, with a goal of earning AKC’s Canine Good Citizen certificate, the gold standard for dog behavior.
All dogs involved in this program will be available for adoption, and we hope the new owners will continue to practice the skills that they will have learned at MCI. The men will live with and keep journals for each dog and practice training every day.
How to adopt a FIDO graduate
During each eight to ten-week class, the public will get an opportunity to meet the dogs at public outings. The outings will be held at local businesses or other venues in which the potential adopters can spend quality time with each dog and decide which one would be best suited for their family. Adoption applications can be submitted at that time, and the dogs can even be adopted while they are still being trained at MCI. The dogs will still be required to remain in the program to complete their training, but the adopters can take home their new family member upon graduation!
If you would like to adopt one of our trained FIDO Project graduates, APPLY HERE!
*This application may not work with Google Chrome unless some settings are changed. You may either email us to assist you with these changes, or complete the application through Internet Explorer.
How you can help
Local businesses who would like to host an adoption event for our prison dog program, please email us.
Your donations are appreciate to keep this program running! You may drop off donations at Animal Services, hold a collection drive or bring donations to one of our adoption events. We would truly appreciate the following items:
• Treats: Zukes Mini Naturals Dog Treats, Cloud Star Tricky Trainers, My Little Wolf Treats.
• New toys.
• Bully Sticks dog chews.
• Regular donation of healthy dog food (brand should be consistent for entire class).
• Sponsors to support this program/host events, collect donations and help spread the word!
• Goodies that will be given to adoptive families at graduation ceremony (gift certificates or coupons, t-shirts, leashes, beds, toys, food, treats, books).
• Local businesses willing to host an adoption event.
• Local artists and professional photographers can surely be of value!
• Monetary donations can be given in person, by mail or online here.
• Vendors (pet-related) who would like to set up booths at outreach events.
We need volunteers to help us at adoption events, transport goods, collect donations, and more! Apply here!
Donations can also be made to Animal Services by mail at:
Marion County Animal Services/The FIDO Project
5701 SE 66th St.
Ocala, FL 34480