Here's a novel program in our area you may not know about. The "New Leash on Life" program is a collaboration between Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville, Jenny White of Dog-Ed, an Asheville-based certified dog trainer, and Craggy Correctional Center, a medium security prison for men. Four dogs are placed with eight inmate trainers at Craggy for a period of eight to twelve weeks. During the training time, dogs are taught basic obedience, house training, and socialization through positive reinforcement training and repetition. Dogs are taught to walk off and on leash and to respond to basic commands. At the end of the training period, Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville reviews applications for the dogs and places them in good homes.
Volunteers from Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville also participate in Pups on PAWrole. A weekly group outing provides the dogs with a break from the prison environment and exposes them to new places and experiences. For one to two hours, basic skills are reinforced through a walk in a park. Encounters with other walkers gives MPRA the opportunity to share information on the New leash on Life Program.
To learn more about Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville, visit https://www.mountainpetrescueavl.org/