GCI-Trained Dog Adoptions

Are you familiar with Friendship APL’s prison-training program for dogs?

If there is a dog in our care that we feel needs a little bit of polish prior to adoption, we may enroll them in a 60-day obedience training program at Grafton Correctional Institute (GCI).  Led by our on-staff trainer, Don Hitchens, the inmates at GCI teach dogs how to be the best version of themselves!

Trainer Don Hitchens, working with one of FAPL’s resident dogs.

These dogs will know commands (sit, stay, down, heel and come), be socialized with other dogs and are crate-trained and housebroken. Depending on their aptitude for training, a CGI dog may know additional commands. They’re great dogs for first-time dog owners!

Would you like to add one of these dynamite dogs to your home?  If so, you’ll need to join the new GCI-Trained Dog Adoption Program!  Available GCI-Trained dogs will be posted to our website as they become available. Once you see them on our website, you can come to our shelter to meet with the dog.

If you choose to adopt a GCI-Trained Prison Trained Dog, part of the adoption involves meeting with our dog trainer, Don, to go over all of the commands your newly adopted dog knows. This typically takes place on a Friday or Saturday.