Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Meet The Second Chance Cell Dogs Wednesday

CCSO is reposting this news release on behalf of The Humane Society Naples:

Four successful canine participants of the Second Chance Cell Dog Program will be showcased to the public for application of adoption Wednesday, May 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The Humane Society Naples' main shelter.

The Second Chance Cell Dog program is a partnership between the Collier County Sheriff's Office, The Humane Society Naples and Southwest Florida Professional Dog Trainers Alliance, which focuses on positive reinforcement training of orphaned pets at the shelter. In the program, inmates are partnered up with the adoptable pups to instill in them obedience skills and positive canine behavior as a way to make them even more adoptable into forever homes. Participating inmates receive a certificate of accomplishment upon completion of the program.

“The Cell Dog Program is an excellent opportunity for some of the Humane Society's homeless shelter dogs to be trained, become more socialized, and at the end of eight weeks become a highly desirable and adoptable family pet," said Humane Society Executive Director Michael Simonik. “We are thrilled to be working with Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and his team at the Naples Jail Center on a successful program for both our dogs and the inmates. It's a win-win for everyone."

The dogs, named Bonzai, Gorda, Turk and Oreo, will be showcased at the meet-and-greet for initial application. The dogs will be formally available for adoption upon their successful graduation of the program May 31. Anyone interested in adopting the pets should visit The Humane Society Naples to learn about the requirements for adoption and the application process.

Located at 370 Airport-Pulling Road in Naples, The Humane Society's Adoption Center hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A satellite adoption site at Coastland Center mall in Naples is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

***Media Contact: Andy Reed, Director of Development; (239)643-1880 Ext. 21; andy@hsnaples.org