Cassidy, a ravishing border collie combine got here to APL as a stray in 2012. She had stunning amber eyes and was roughly 2 years outdated. She had numerous vitality and it grew to become clear that she wouldn’t do properly within the shelter. Many folks thought they wished her however realized they may not take care of the vitality or the truth that she was very selective about canine and folks. I made a decision to ship her to FIDO, our jail program on the Correctional Industrial Facility to work on her points.
Cassidy did significantly better at jail the place she was in a position to get extra hands-on consideration and train. A couple of months later Cassidy was adopted; the adopters knew all her points however wished to attempt anyway. It didn’t work and again to jail she got here. Her handler on the time was glad to see her come again.
Cassidy may solely be with a couple of of the canine and he or she grew to become infamous for biting folks she didn’t contemplate her folks. If she thought of somebody a part of her tribe she was nice but when you weren’t a part of her tribe she didn’t need you to the touch her. Adoption/rescue choices had been restricted and it appeared as if Cassidy was going to stay out her life in jail. Cassidy has gone via a number of handlers in this system.
Her present handler who has had her for 4 years had advised us that when he’s launched he want to undertake Cassidy and take her house. We have selectively adopted to the inmate handlers in previous, however provided that there’s a sturdy help system and every part checks out.
Cassidy is now eleven years outdated. She went house along with her favourite particular person about three weeks in the past. I get weekly updates, movies and footage. In her new house she has change into a distinct canine. She loves everybody in his household and even the opposite canine within the house. She appears so glad.
This program has saved not solely Cassidy however her one who took care of her whereas they had been each in jail. Her story is testimony that we are able to all change, particularly if we’re within the appropriate setting.
I used to be afraid to take the possibility on each the canine and the inmate. I made a decision to take a leap of religion and I’m so glad I did. Cassidy will get to stay out the rest of her life along with her favourite particular person in a spot the place she clearly thrives.
The FIDO program was by no means supposed to be a everlasting house for the canine. The objective is at all times to get them adopted. Some of the canine like Cassidy have behavioral points and it’s hoped that with socialization and primary obedience they are often adopted. Over the years most of the challenge canine have been adopted but when they may not, it was determined they are going to keep on the jail fairly than come again to the shelter.
The mission assertion for the Animal Protection League is, “Making second chances possible through the human/animal connection.”
The jail program is that this assertion in motion. I believe it’s clear that animals see one of the best in us and assist us see one of the best in others.
Maleah Stringer is govt director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She might be reached at 765-356-0900 or at email@example.com.