New Leash on Life
What is it?
The New Leash on Life is a NC Department of Public Safety program that matches local shelter dogs with inmates for an 8 week training course. The dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, provided heartworm and flea preventative and spend 8 weeks working with an inmate and trainer team. The inmates are responsible for all aspects of animal care and training, and spend most of their waking hours working with the dogs.
New Leash on Life offers both people and dogs a new chance, helping inmates become productive members of society, and giving dogs the necessary training to be welcome members of a family. Inmates get a sense of pride and self-esteem, and a marketable skill. Perhaps best of all, inmates learn patience and compassion, and both men and dogs learn how to give and receive unconditional love.
Randolph County New Leash on Life program works with the Randolph Correctional Center.
What do the dogs learn?
The dogs learn basic obedience skills, including sit, down, stay, heel, and walking on a loose leash. Most of the dogs have had no previous training and lack basic socialization. The trainers focus on these challenges to prepare them for life “on the outside” . Additionally, the dogs learn a few tricks and some beginning agility. New Leash dogs also become Canine Good Citizen certified!
How do you select the dogs that go into the program?
Selections vary with each training cycle. New Leash dogs are shelter dogs that need the polishing that training provides to make them more appealing to adopters.Trainers change as individual inmates finish out their terms and we select dogs that match well with new trainers. Trainers and inmates work 8 weeks with each dog. After training the graduate dog is prepared to be placed in a permanent home.
How do I adopt a New Leash Dog?
The New Leash on Life dog adoption fee is $200.
Potential adopters first complete an application which is screened by New Leash on Life administrators. Once an application is approved a meeting is arranged with the potential adopter and the dog in training.After graduation the New Leash on Life dog is placed in a new home!
Can I put my dog through the program?
The New Leash on Life program is restricted to shelter and rescue dogs only.
How can I help?
We invite you to join us on a graduation day. Graduation days can be found on the Animal Services Calendar!
You can also support the dogs and their inmate partners by raising awareness to the New Leash on Life program and donating towards the equipment and other supplies that keep the program going. Randolph County Animal Services is committed to supporting animals and people in continuing the New Leash on Life program.
Why is this important?
The New Leash on Life program changes lives.
It is an exciting, positive experience for everyone involved when new dogs arrive at the Randolph County Correctional Center. Over time cowering, fearful, disobedient dogs blossom into confident, well mannered ones who love to please, play and perform.
Inmates gain hope, confidence and compassion as they work with their dogs.
Men with little hope receive the unconditional love and trust that only a dog can give. Inmates develop goals and skills such as critical thinking, time management which translate into jobs, careers and a brighter outlook on life.
Benefits of the program also extend to dogs who aren’t in the program. When people see such amazing animals coming out of an animal shelter, they are more likely to give a shelter dog a second look and chance.
New Leash on Life is a lifeline for both the inmate and the dogs by creating a brighter path for both.