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Rescue 2 Restore Implementing Animal Programs in DJJ Facilities Chrissy Kaczynski, Animal Programs Coordinator

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Mission and Vision Mission Rescue 2 Restore is a mutually beneficial program aiming to improve the quality of life for youth housed in juvenile detention centers around the state of Georgia while providing a second chance for rescue/shelter dogs that would otherwise have been euthanized. Vision OFFER HOPE AND CHANGE, where youth will gain a sense of responsibility and companionship, and the dogs will become adoptable.

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Rescue 2 Restore was established in June 2014 as a component of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Division of Volunteer Services. The department identified animal programming as a successful method to provide youth with life skills, while educating the youth on animal care and compassion. Behaviorally, animal programs have proven to alleviate depression and encourage good behavior. Rescue 2 Restore is responsible for building community partnerships and providing the youth with positive animal interactions and lessons. 3 3 Program Establishment

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System Wide Services Training: Providing structured dog training programs in the facilities that house animals. The training program will teach the dogs skills to make them more adoptable, while teaching the youth patience and using positive reinforcement to create positive results. Education: One time and recurrent volunteers will educate the youth on a variety of animal issues including proper animal care, animal abuse and cruelty, pet therapy, working and service dogs, careers in the pet industry, and competitive dog sports. Community Partnerships: Through community partnerships the youth will be able to give back to their community through programs in the facilities and community service after release. Scope of Service

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Dog Training Programs: In these programs the youth give back to the community by providing training to dogs that would otherwise be euthanized at local shelters. Through these partnerships the youth are able to help the dogs, rescue groups, and eventually families in their community who seek to adopt a well trained dog. Dog House Building: Youth will be able to build dog houses to provide proper shelter for dogs in their community. Thus assisting both families who cannot afford adequate housing for their pets and the animals that benefit from proper shelter. Community Service Partnerships: Youth will have opportunities to volunteer through community outreach and animal welfare projects. Community Partnerships

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Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center Community Partner: The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia Current Dogs: 2 Youth in Program: varies Current Programs

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Muscogee Youth Development Campus Community Partner: Humane Society of Harris County Current Dogs: 4 Youth in Program: 9 Training: Currently have a 12 week training program with a volunteer trainer assisting one day a week. Current Programs

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Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center Community Partner: The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia Planned # of Dogs: 4 Planned # of Youth: varies Atlanta Youth Development Campus Community Partner: Atlanta Pet Rescue Planned # of Dogs: 4 Planned # of Youth: 8 Future Programs

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Provide vet care for the dogs in the program Provide all supplies and medications needed for the dogs in the program Transport dogs who graduate the program to adoption events and to meet potential families If possible, provide resources for training and speakers at their partner facility If possible, provide community service or employment opportunities for the youth in the community Community Partner’s Role

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Provide assistance in locating trainers and speakers to supplement the program in the facility Assist in training DJJ staff and ensuring the animals and youth are interacting in a safe manner Assist in evaluating the temperament of potential dogs for the program Oversee the implementation of new programs and growth of existing programs Evaluate program effectiveness Advise on best practices and assist with identifying and implementing beneficial programs Animal Program Coordinator's Role

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The youth will learn to use positive reinforcement to achieve positive results through training their canine partners Good behavior will increase among the youth who want to participate and remain in the dog program Depression will decrease among the youth in the program. The youth will develop a sense of responsibility through caring for their canine partner. The Puppies will get potty Training . Expected Outcomes

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The youth will repay their community through training homeless pets and assisting in making them adoptable. The youth will learn about animal care, rescue, training, and adoption. The youth will see the positive result of their contribution when the animals graduate the program and are adopted. The DJJ will provide a service to the community by housing the homeless pets at their facility. Expected Outcomes

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The Humane Society of the United States(HSUS) Pets for Life Program Youth required to complete community service hours will partner with their outreach program. They will learn about animal care and the HSUS outreach efforts that provide veterinary care in low income neighborhoods. Lifeline Animal Project – Dog House Building Youth at YDC locations with wood shops will build dog houses to donate to Lifeline Animal Project for their outreach efforts. Lifeline will explain their efforts in low income neighborhoods to the youth and follow up with success stories after the houses are delivered. Community Partnership Programs

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Chrissy Kaczynski Animal Programs Coordinator (470) 230-9308 3408 Covington Highway Decatur, GA 30032 https://justforthedogs.com/ Contacts

Summary: Dog Puppy training

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