Yukon the husky is one of the dogs that was taken to Coyote Ridge as part of the Ridge Dogs program. Photo by Briana Alzola.
CBF executive director Donn Cook (center) hands a check to Jamie Krueger, ACPR shelter manager. Also pictured are (from left) Kyya Grant (ACPR), Tara Proctor (CRCC), Al Chagnon (ACPR), Lori Telleria (CRCC) and Sara Pruett (CRCC). Photo by Briana Alzola.
Last week, Scooter, Yukon, Jed, Gunny, Buddy and Patty all got new homes, moving out of Othello and into Coyote Ridge Corrections Center. These new residents of CRCC, however, are furrier than most. The six dogs are the newest members of the Ridge Dogs program, the first to be sent through a new partnership with the program and Adams County Pet Rescue. The program helps make unadoptable dogs adoptable, Lori Telleria, with CRCC, said. Each dog is assigned to an offender or offenders, who are with him or her at all times. They help train the dogs, teach them manners and commands and help socialize them. The dogs from ACPR going are having some problems with too much energy and being too hyper. In order to find them good homes, they need to be able to calm down and follow directions. Many of the dogs brought into the Ridge Dogs program are on the verge of being euthanized, so this is a way to save canine lives, Telleria said. "It's great for our offenders, too," she said. "It's totally beneficial." So, Jamie Krueger, shelter manager with ACPR, and Kyya Grant, a liaison between ACPR and CRCC, took these dogs to the prison April 10. When the dogs are taken to the prison, their shots must be up-to-date and the shelter bringing them must provide the food they will eat. ACPR wanted to do this program but did not know how they were going to do so. Then, ACPR president Mikki Kison got a call from the Columbia Basin Foundation (CBF). They were awarded $3,321.56, enough to cover their inclusion in the program. CBF is made up of money left by a woman named Ferne Daniel when she died, Donn Cook, CBF executive director, said. The money was invested and the interest is spent on endowments to organizations she supported. Some of them are no longer in existance, one of which was an animal shelter. So each year, the CBF board picks a similar institution to give the money to. This year, that group is ACPR. It just so happened that the money came at the perfect time to help jump start ACPR's inclusion in the Ridge Dogs program. You can find out more about CBF and the groups and people it supports by visiting www.columbiabasinfoundation.org. The partnership between CRCC and ACPR is not a new one. Already, a work crew comes out from the prison once a week to help clean up the area, work with the dogs and complete construction projects. Just recently, they built tarped and covered structures to keep the dogs out of the wind and rain. You can find both Ridge Dogs and Adams County Pet Rescue on Facebook.
Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
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I love this program Congratulations to whoever is involved. Also the inmates who train these dogs. I am planning on adopting from this program.