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    Hi Everyone,
    Has anyone ever adopted through "Mixed Up Mutts" in Indiana, or an organization like it (where prisoners trained as dog handlers train rescue dogs and adopt them out to people). I am looking to adopt through this program, but am trying to find out how people’s experiences have been.




    I checked their website. They say they’ve been operating since at least 2005, but I don’t see any feedback on them. Strange.
    However, everything I’ve heard about the prison dog programs has been positive. The inmates are selected for their stability, desire to reform, sensitivity, that kind of thing. It’s a privilege for an inmate to get on the program, as they get to have the pet with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are truly devoted to their charges & it’s been found to hugely reduce the chance of the inmate backsliding after release & returning to the prison system.
    The link below has some feedback, tho it’s mostly from the inmates. You might also want to email them at their contact:



    Hello, I have only heard wonderful things about these training programs. I know a lady here in Iowa that has a beautiful long haired Dotson that she adopted from a program in Canyon City Colorado. She is the best dog I have ever met. This lady who is a good friend of mine has been considering adopting another dog from the same place. Her dog is so well trained that she could be a show dog and many people think that she is. In Colorado they have even trained dogs for the blind and other service work dogs as well as just pets. Some of these prisons even take dogs from the community and their owners pay to have there dogs trained by them. It is well worth looking into further, you will not be sorry.

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