TAILS (Teaching Animals & Inmates Life Skills) is a collaborative effort bringing together prison inmates and hard-to-adopt shelter dogs. This is one of the largest programs of its kind in the country and fully implemented and funded by Pit Sisters.
Through partnerships with animal shelters and county, state and federal correctional facilities, Pit Sisters places dogs with inmates to be trained, socialized and cared for so they have a chance of finding a new forever loving home.
Pit Sisters assesses dogs at the shelters to find those exhibiting behavioral issues – mostly stemming from cruelty cases – and at high risk of euthanasia. Pit Sisters administers certified dog training classes for all inmates in the program. At the end of 8 to 12 weeks, the dog and inmate trainers undergo training testing and participate in a graduation ceremony.
With your support, TAILS changes the lives of dogs, trainers, families, prison staff and entire communities. Animals are saved and homed, while inmates learn teamwork, empathy and a new skill.