Re-Entry Center News – Dog Program begins at MCRRC
The Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center, in conjunction with Lane Fisher and our community partners have kicked off the Reentry Center’s Dog Program. I while back we posted a story about Lane Fisher, the owner of Waggle Tails Obedience School, regarding the dog program she was helping the Reentry Center start.
Lane has coordinated with numerous community partners to make this program a success. She has obtained donated veterinary services from Dr. Sarah Tomalty of Little River Veterinary Hospital for the next year and Loyal Biscuit has agreed to supply dog food for the program for the next year.
The dogs in the program will come from Pope Memorial Humane Society of Know County. The dogs entering the program will have some impediment hindering their adoption. Lane will work with two chosen handlers from the reentry center to rehabilitate the dog for successful adoption at the end of the program. Once the program has been completed and the dog is ready they will be returned to the shelter for adoption. We will keep everyone posted of the arrival, progress and pending adoption of the dogs from our program.
Our first dog is Bashful. She’s seven years old and has been at the shelter for two weeks. She was born seven years ago at the shelter and was in a litter of seven pups. The litter were named after the seven dwarfs, hence the name of Bashful. Bashful was adopted but due to recent health issues her family had to return her for adoption. Bashful has suffered severe anxiety from the separation and has escaped he enclosure on several occasions, injuring herself in the process. Bashful seems to have great difficulty being alone.
Two reentry residents, Caleb Hupper and Austin Stevens have been chosen to be Bashful’s trainers. We believe this program will be good for the residents, the facility and especially for Bashful and all our future canine friends we help along the way to new families.
We would like to thank Ben Holbrook of the Republican Journal, Eric Thoms of the PenBay Pilot and Wayne Harvey of WABI TV5 for the articles they are preparing for release next week on this program. Please keep your eyes out for these articles as I’m sure they will be very informative about the program.