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Sunday, January 8, 2017


General was "TRANSFERRED" to a Placement partner
in early Jan 2017
 here's an Mcas Update Jan 20, 2017
MCAS Shelter dog, General, finds Foster Care
            at Columbia River Correctional Institution       
General with inmate handlers
General with Inmate Handlers
General with Inmate Handlers

Update per MCAS Weekly Newsletter: "General receives care, companionship, and professional training around the clock while fostered by inmates at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI).

Animals at Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) in need of behavioral training, stress-relief, and human companionship while waiting for a new home are regularly sent to volunteer foster homes. However, General received a particularly special foster opportunity.  This lucky dog from the kennels of MCAS is being fostered by four inmate handlers at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) minimum security prison, where he has constant companionship and behavior training in a communal-living setting.  It's another way that MCAS is enriching the lives of animals in its care by partnering with partners in the community.
General is one of six MCAS dogs who have benefited from the foster/training partnership with CRCI thus far.  Dogs in the program are recommended by MCAS animal care staff, and selected by Jana Patterson, CPDT-KA, Owner and Trainer for Happy Dogz Dog Training. Jana partners with CRCI to teach positive-reinforcement based training techniques to the inmate handlers to create the best possible opportunity for each dog to be successfully adopted.  Jana and the handlers provide training based on the needs of each dog, in coordination with Multnomah County Animal Services.  In General’s case, the team is focusing on stress reduction and basic default behaviors that will provide the foundation for success in his future home.
Dogs are generally kept in the training program for six to eight weeks before being adopted from CRCI’s facility when their training is finished.  General is estimated to be available for adoption by mid- to late-February.
Thank you to Columbia River Correctional Institution, and Jana Patterson, CPDT-KA, for your partnership with Multnomah County Animal Services to build a positive foundation for dogs like General to find new forever homes!"

Available for adoption at Multnomah County Animal Services!

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