This program is a collaborative effort with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, at the county jail located at the James A. Musick facility in Irvine.
We are extremely grateful to OC Sheriff’s Dept. staff for their support as they have embraced this program with open arms and empowered the inmate trainers to be successful by designating their participation in this program as their full-time facility job!
Because of the success of the initial pilot program in one of the male housing units, the COLLAR Program has secured the support of the Sheriff and her executive command staff. That support has enabled us to increase the number of dogs being trained as part of the male inmate program. We have also added another program, at a different location within this facility, to include the female inmates.
Participating in this program is a coveted position by the inmates as they are very grateful for the essential life and career skills they acquire while experiencing the unconditional love of their canine in training. The Security Staff is also very impressed with the positive impact these programs have on the inmate trainers and the other inmates in their housing units. This type of positive feedback promotes the benefits of this program within other county agencies and locations.
The program dogs are rescued from local shelters and participate in an 8-week Basic Obedience Program while preparing to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test prior to graduation.