NICST has entered into an innovative partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to train service dogs inside Solano State Prison in Vacaville, Ca.  This partnership not only helps NICST train more service dogs and expand our mission, but creates a unique path for inmate rehabilitation.

Our Homeless to Hero Rescue Program partners with our volunteer inmate trainers to train rescue dogs and puppies to become service dogs. This program creates a training environment that dedicates significant time toward training of our rescue dogs, ensuring the best possible outcomes. This special partnership will aid in the transformation of both humans and canines.  

Using a principle-based approach to training with both the inmates and the dogs, the goals of this new partnership are to:

  1. Provide a pathway to expand our ability to train more dogs for placement in one of our programs: Dogs4Diabetics, First Response K-9’s and Scent Detection Dogs
  2. Improve inmate behavior and respect through positive reinforcement provided by creating relationships and building trust with dogs and people
  3. Provide a source of rehabilitation and wellbeing to reduce recidivism; and
  4. Provide vocational skills to inmates.

Combining highly effective dog-training methods with proven rehabilitative models, our dogs are truly saving lives on a new level.  

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