For those of you who are wondering, “what happened to Safe Harbor the Prison Dog Program” well the following is a brief explanation of where we stand today as a program.
Due to the pending construction of the new Lansing Correctional Facility, the numbers of dogs that we can have in the program at one time is now about 30. The program currently has Pixie and Dixie and Herman - who are for the most part considered “Lifers” and may be with us for a while. Bruno now lives in Wichita and Scooter lives with us! This leaves us with 27 dogs available for adoption. We generally rescue puppies because we can cycle them through the program in 8 to 10 weeks and we can then move as many dogs through the program as possible. Realistically - fewer dogs means fewer dollars to keep the program running. Donations are more important now than ever.
These days - we get new dogs into the program, get a picture of them - post it on the internet and then POOF - it’s adopted. Still there are delays for vet appointments, vaccinations, various ailments, etc. Meanwhile they are getting healthy, happy and well trained! SO… the truth is that we are busting with dogs/pups and they are perpetually all adopted. This is the truth and our many recent adopters will agree - WE ARE STILL HERE and there are 27 awesome families awaiting these pooches so we can get 27 more. 5 dogs were adopted last week and 6 are coming in tomorrow.
Did I mention waiting lists. We do keep the names of people who would like to be next on the list to adopt - possibly a Labrador or a Shepherd mix pup. So that list of 6 new dogs just got shorter.
Wendy is still at: 913-634-5955 and at and she is at our office in Bonner Springs daily - although that is soon to close. I am still at the prison, placing dogs in my 2 living units (as opposed to 5) almost 14 years volunteering with Safe Harbor, 32 years at LCF. Michael remains on the web site - he’s been working with the program since he was a youngster - he and Larra are awesome volunteers, Whitney is at Wolf Creek keeping our dogs well. She is also the gear-driver and lead SH person for our upcoming Ladies Night Out at the Holyfield Winery in Basehor, KS. Sally still helps out whenever possible and so does our very chipper Destiny Gift. Dani Wagner is our key for moving dogs in and out of the prison when I am not available - and we are grateful to have her also! Special thanks also to the staff at Wolf Creek Vet Clinic and also to Hope in Leavenworth, our spay/neuter clinic.
We would also like to recognize the men of the Lansing Correctional Facility who never seem to wear out - dog after dog. They do an amazing job of caring for our creatures and without them we could not rescue these dogs. We owe all of them an appreciation dinner – we have them once a year and we hope to have one soon for both compounds.
If you have questions, please let us know.
If you see an amazing dog being walked around in your neighborhood, you should stop and ask, “is that a Safe Harbor dog?” It just might be.
As always, small donations are the backbone of this program and ALL donations are appreciated.
Please also remember that donations can made directly to Wolf Creek Vet Clinic, Hope, Inc. Low Cost Spay/Neuter, pay-pal, and certainly cash, check, or charge. Donation forms are available.
P.S. Our Post Office Box is still:
P.O. Box 536
Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012
The Safe Harbor Prison Dog Program's number one goal is saving the lives of as many dogs as we can, providing them with a safe harbor, and giving them a second chance at life. We rescue dogs mainly from high-kill animal shelters across the Midwest. The dogs then go to the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, KS where we have approximately 100 inmates trained to be dog handlers who foster the dogs. The handlers take great pride in their work and do a wonderful job. The handlers work tremendously on socialization with the dogs at first, then they work with the dogs on housetraining and leash training, and basic commands.
All dogs are spayed and neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, tested for heartworms, and get treated or are current on heartworm preventative.
We LOVE our dogs and do everything we can to make sure they get the best care possible. We are a non-profit group, which means that our program solely operates off of donations and adoption fees. If you would like to make a donation, we would greatly appreciate it. Here is our wish list...
Soft Training Treats
Leashes(retractable or 4 foot nylon)
Nylabone Chew Toys
Fans that attach to crate doors for transporting
*Donations are tax deductible as applicable by law and can be brought to us at an event or mailed to us at PO Box 536 Bonner Springs, KS 66012*
**You may also donate by PayPal on the Contact
Us Page on here!**