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It's the Big One-Oh-Oh for us!
Canine Training Program at Luther Luckett
Celebrates Milestone

LAGRANGE, Ky. (October 25, 2010) – The Camp Canine Program at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC) is celebrating a milestone this month as the prison’s dog program is set to begin training its 100th dog.

The program, which started in March 2009, includes both staff and inmates and is designed to take homeless dogs of all ages and breeds and provide them with the proper training and care so they will be more adoption-friendly to the general public.

Currently there are 12 inmates participating in the program. Each inmate is assigned a dog that he is responsible for 24-hours a day, seven days a week. All inmates participating in the program are carefully screened and must go through an application and interview process before they receive their first dog. Training and oversight for the program is provided by volunteers from various organizations including the Humane Society of Oldham County and Oldham County Animal Control. Veterinary services are provided by the LaGrange Animal Hospital and other providers.

To date, more than 90 dogs have been adopted from the program through the Humane Society of Oldham County. Camp Canine provides a unique and beneficial service to the community, the animals trained in the program, and valuable life skills for the inmates.

“Camp canine has given our facility the opportunity to reach out beyond our fences to provide a much-needed service to our community,” said Clark Taylor, warden of Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. “In turn, our inmates have been provided a wonderful chance to make a real difference by taking care of and training these abandoned dogs.”

Luther Luckett Correctional Complex is a medium-security men’s prison located in LaGrange, Ky.

Anyone interested in adopting a dog trained through Camp Canine can contact the Humane Society of Oldham County at 502-222-7537.

To see what dogs are currently for adoption through the Camp Canine program, visit our page at http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=KY281 and look for the Camp Canine mention in the description.

The new faces of Camp Canine
You can find some of the new dogs matriculating at Camp Canine here:


(You do not need to be a Facebook member to view these photos. Click on each one to find out their names and breeds.)

New additions have TONGUE!
Yes, it's the all-tongue, all-the-time version of a Camp Canine update:

(OK, OK - no tongue here, but could you have resisted putting this picture up????)

(This is a trick tongue picture. It's there. Really.)

To find out more about these guys and gals, visit our Petfinder page and look for the Camp Canine mention in the description. http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=KY281

Mixes, mixes, mixes!
It's a melting pot of breeds in the new Camp Canine class.

Like Skippy, a Papillon/Pomeranian mix:

Or Trixie, a Puggle:

To get more details on these newcomers and others in the program, visit our Petfinder pages at http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=KY281 and look for the Camp Canine mention in the descriptions. We've probably got a furry companion waiting to lavish you with doggy devotion!

We have a new Camp Canine class matriculating! It includes this guy:

This is Austin - he was the victim of a hoarder and lived in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions for most of his young life. Luckily, he's with us now, getting over his shyness, and excelling in cozying up to all the teachers! (If he could sneak off to the chow hall to swipe an apple to bring to his instructors, he would) If you're interested in adopting Austin, give us a call at 502-222-7537 or email jojohsoc@aol.com. If you'd like to see all our CC dogs, visit our Petfinder page at http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=KY281 and look for the Camp Canine mention in their descriptions.

Another H.E.A!
(For those of you who don't remember fairy tales or don't read chick lit, that's Happily Ever After - the best kind of ending to an angsty story!)

This is Buck, another one of the dogs pulled from a high-kill shelter to enter our Camp Canine Program. He's been adopted and in his new home for a few months now - and these pictures show he's living proof of the H.E.A! Thanks to his person for allowing us to share them with you.

We're a year old!
Camp Canine's been around for a year now and so many dogs who might have languished until euthanization in a shelter have gone to loving forever homes. Here's a reprint from an article one of the inmate handlers did for the Luther Luckett inmate magazine, and it's a touching and wonderful look back at the first months of the program:

I’m standing in the Sally Port in Building Two ( you know- the neutral zone between freedom, the visiting room and the yard ) and this morning I have the sweetest doggie in the world with me – my poochie, Stormie. Stormie is now a Canine Good Citizen and graduate from the inaugural class here at LLCC. She is sitting, happily wagging her tail with no real knowledge of what is happening; but on the other hand, I am painfully aware of what is about to take place.

You see, this is what we have been preparing for since she first arrived on that “stormie” day, May 8th. Today I will hand her leash to her new adopted momma and Stormie will be off to start her happy new life. It will be a life free from all fears of ever returning to the pound and being euthanized.

I have talked to so many of you guys with Stormie at my side and so many of you love the program and the dogs. But the one statement that keeps popping up is, “I would get so attached to the dog that I couldn’t give her up.” Well, you were so right! It almost killed me to give her up and watch her walk away to her new life. For those of you who do not know me, I am just a big teddy bear and this should remove all doubt.

Any minute now I will be handing Stormie off to her new owner and so I’m trying not to cry. I’m trying to be tough. The Deputy-Warden, along with Camp Canine staff and members of the Humane Society of Oldham County are here to take a few pictures and watch the hand-off of our first dog to leave, Stormie. I am doing OK at first, you know, trying to be tough. Some pictures are taken and I turn over the leash and everyone starts to leave and it is all good. I am handling this well, when all of the sudden, Ms. Judy (our lead trainer) says, “It’s all right, Mr. G., you gave Stormie the best eleven weeks of her life and we have a new dog all picked out for you.”

Well, guys, that was it. The dam broke and I cried like a little #@#&#. (Note to self and everyone reading this: if you feel like crying, do it, because if you try to hold it in and then can’t, the resulting scene may include snot bubbles). OMG, I cried like a big baby and I was never so glad to have a hanky in my life.

Well, I have had time to look back on all this now and can honestly say this has been the best three months of my 23 ½ year bit.

Stormie is gone now, and while she will always hold a special place in my heart, I now have “Thunder” to train and care for. The dogs are very different in a lot of ways, but they have one thing in common: unconditional love.

I would be remiss if I did not thank the LLCC staff, Oldham County Animal Control, LaGrange Animal Hospital and, especially, The Humane Society of Oldham County for making the best program in Corrections available to us. I say all the time that these are all our dogs. What I do is train them and pick up the poop.


Wanna make snot bubbles come from the noses of our big bad handlers? Then visit our petfinder pages, look for Camp Canine in the description and take one of our dogs home! http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=KY281,

Pleased to meetcha!
This is Lucky, one of our new guys.

Polite and friendly fella, isn't he? Want to learn more about him? Surf over to our Petfinder pages at
http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=KY281, email jojohsoc@aol.com, or call (502)222-7537.


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