In 2008 Companion Animal Rescue Effort Network (CARENET) and Roy Hayes created Friends From The Pen.
The Friends From The Pen program at Arizona State Prison - Kingman, AZ is a unique initiative that has successfully saved the lives of many dogs that would have otherwise been euthanized due to various behavioral issues.
This program provides inmates with the opportunity to live with and train dogs for eight weeks, helping them to modify their behavior and become more obedient. Thanks to the efforts of professional animal trainer Roy Hayes, who works closely with the inmates, the dogs are able to receive the much-needed attention and care they require.
The program has been highly successful and has saved the lives of 125 dogs between 2008 and 2010. The dogs are sponsored by participating shelters and rescue organizations and are made available for adoption after their training is complete. The program has been instrumental in addressing issues such as dog on dog aggression, aggression towards strangers, chronic escaping, destructive behavior, extreme fear and shyness, and general unruliness.
The dogs receive 24-hour care from their trainers and handlers, who keep a log of their daily training and activities. Roy reviews each log record and makes changes to the training as needed, ensuring that the dogs receive the best possible care and attention. Overall, the Friends From The Pen program is a shining example of how inmates can make a positive impact in society while also learning valuable skills and gaining a sense of purpose.