Paroled Pups

SFAHS has partnered with the South Dakota Penitentiary to create this program, to help dogs with behavioral issues get more individualized attention than they would receive at the shelter.
The most common reason for enrollment in this program is that a dog has not been taught any manners in its previous home. Sometimes a dog ends up staying at the shelter for a long period of time without getting adopted. The dogs in this training program are trained by men at the Penitentiary. Each dog is placed into a daily regiment to help correct their behavioral issues. Some of the issues are as simple as jumping on people, others have no social skills and will require individual attention given by the dog handler.

The training process uses positive reinforcement. Trainers use consistent verbal and non-verbal cues for better comprehension by the animal. Both two-legged and four-legged participants benefit. The men learn to train dogs through a routine of consistency and compassion. The dogs receive much-needed attention, training, and socialization making them more adoptable pets. Once the dog receives the training and has a good report card, the dog will show available on the website by appointment. Contact for questions.

If you are interested in a dog that is available you will need to fill out an application and return to the SFAHS Humane Officer. After your application is reviewed you will receive a call or e-mail.
Adoption Program
Home Ideals
Intake Type
Experience Level
Leash Manners
Cat Playfulness
Training Knowledge
Dog Energy Level
Adult Size
Cat Friendliness
Dog Friendliness
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Will you love me forever?
1 Year 6 Months
||1|Doyle||4|Will you love me forever?||7|Paroled Pups||19|Not Available||8|Dog||2|07/09/2021||6|Labrador Retriever/Terrier mix||22|01/10/2020||20|Male||20|Neutered||32|Large||33|43 lbs.||327|Owner Surrender||23|Housetrained||39|Easily Excitable||39|Exuberant||39|Goofy||39|Playful||26|13+||31|Neighborly||28|Selective||30|Unknown||396|No Apartment/Shared Wall Living||122|Moderate Energy||123|Eager to Learn||125|Still Learning||155|Low Maintenance||129|Good for Experienced Owner||130|Tennis Balls||34|$95||5|Hello, I’m Doyle! I am the most recent graduate of the paroled pups program! I have spent about 8 months at the penitentiary getting trained on some manners and social skills. I used to play with my mouth a lot and have some food guarding issues, but I have gotten a lot better with both! I am still a hyper and happy boy who is looking for someone to take me on walks and play with me all the time. I’m goofy and love to be the center of attention. I have a lot of puppy left in me so need someone who can dedicate the time to help continue to train me to become a great dog. I have a tendency to try to follow you out the door, so make sure you watch me as I may take myself on an adventure. I have been around another large dog, who did not enjoy my enthusiastic play style. I should do well with supervised children ages 13 years and older. Children in the home will need to be able to tolerate my rough play style. Will you give this goofy, high-energy boy the forever home I am dreaming of?||18|||35|1-14680-35.jpg||9|1-14680-9.jpg||10|1-14680-10.jpg||
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Take me home tonight
2 Years 1 Month
||1|Cooper||4|Take me home tonight||7|Paroled Pups||19|Not Available||8|Dog||2|07/13/2021||6|Labrador Retriever mix||22|06/15/2019||20|Male||20|Neutered||32|Large||33|87 lbs.||327|Stray ||23|Unknown||39|Insecure||39|Mischievous||39|Playful||26|7+||31|Bashful||28|Unknown||30|Unknown||122|High Energy||123|Basic Skills Known||125|Still Learning||155|Average Maintenance||129|Good for Experienced Owner||130|Tennis Balls||34|$95||5|Hi, I’m Cooper! I came to the shelter with little information. I’m a big boy who has lots of energy and wants to play all day. I am quite strong so make sure you can handle my size and strength when taking me for walks. I know how to sit! I don’t know how I feel about other dogs or cats. If you have a dog please bring them to the shelter so staff can introduce us. I should do find with kids that are 7 and older because I am a large dog who can be intrusive. I love treats and know how to sit for them. It’s also a good idea to make sure you let me have lots of toys so I don’t get too bored. Will you give me a chance?||18|||35|1-14734-35.jpg||9|1-14734-9.jpg||10|1-14734-10.jpg||
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This chick is ready to run
10 Months
||1|Dixie||4|This chick is ready to run||7|Paroled Pups||19|Not Available||8|Dog||2|07/26/2021||6|German Shepherd mix||22|09/13/2020||20|Female||20|Spayed||32|Large||33|61 lbs.||327|Owner Surrender||23|Partially Housetrained||23|Kennel Trained||39|Easily Excitable||39|Outgoing||39|Playful||26|11+||31|Neighborly||28|Unknown||30|Unknown||396|No Apartment/Shared Wall Living||122|Marathoner Energy||123|Eager to Learn||125|Harness Suggested||155|High Maintenance||129|Good for Experienced Owner||129|Breed Knowledge Preferred||130|Tennis Balls||34|$95||5|Hi, I’m Dixie! I am an older pup looking for a home where I can be on the go! I have tons of energy and definitely need help burning it off. I do tend to play with my mouth when I am super riled up so I do need to be taught that that isn’t very nice. My previous family said that I love to chew so it would definitely be beneficial for me to have tons of toys to play with so I don’t get in trouble if I get bored. I do bark quite a lot when I see something walk past the window or when someone knocks on the door. I am house-trained, and partially kennel-trained, but may need some assistance while I am adjusting to my new home. Be mine forever?||18|||35|1-14862-35.jpg||9|1-14862-9.jpg||