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 a private Facebook group.  In order to join the group, you must have submit an adoption application in advance and been approved. The adoption application can be found at https://form.jotform.com/210695656978172

If there is a dog posted to the Group in whom you are interested, you’d comment with your first and last name on their post. Our Training Coordinator will then reach out to schedule you a time on that Friday or Saturday to meet with the prison-trained dog and our trainer, Don Hitchens. Scheduling an appointment does not mean you are committed to adopting that specific dog.