A 5711 Staples Mill Rd., Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23228 rescue helping to find loving homes for dogs.
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FETCH a Cure's Pen Pals operates in correctional centers in Central Virginia and has it's central office in Richmond, Virginia. We mostly adopt out to families Virginia, DC, and Maryland, but will consider out-of-state adoptions on a case by case basis.
Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Corrections, inmates at Virginia correctional centers - Buckingham Correctional Center, Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, and Lunenberg Correctional Center – train and socialize rescue dogs with the guidance and instruction from two professional dog trainers. The Pen Pals program not only lowers the rate of euthanasia in Virginia’s city dog shelters, but also provides life skills to inmates. Our rescue dogs chosen for the program come from Richmond Animal Care and Control, Richmond Animal Leage, and the Southside SCPA. On average, 50-60 dogs are rescued and placed into loving homes every year through Pen Pals!
The Pen Pals program promotes inmate rehabilitation while increasing positive communication and interaction between correctional center staff and the rest of the inmate population. Inmate handlers learn viable job skills and some have gone on to become professional dog trainers following their release. By working cooperatively to help the animals, the inmates learn responsibility, patience, and emotional confidence among many other character building qualities that improve and enhance external relationships. These skills and attributes are acquired while training a dog that may not have had a chance for a happy life. Every time a dog leaves the program to go its new home, the inmate handler feels a sense of accomplishment and pride that they have given back to their community in a positive manner, leaving a smile on both ends of the leash!
If you are interested in meeting and/or adopting a Pen Pals dog, we can coordinate a site-visit to the correctional facility where the dog is currently residing. A liaison there will meet with you and introduce you to the dog to see if you would be a good match. We can't wait to help you find the perfect canine family member!