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
I’m working on my summer body at our paroled pups training program! I have a $50 retail donation!
3 Years 9 Months
||1|Stratus||4|I’m working on my summer body at our paroled pups training program! I have a $50 retail donation!||7|Adoptable Animals||7|Paroled Pups||19|Available||8|Dog||2|1/4/2022||6|Terrier/Mix||22|09/18/2018||20|Male||20|Neutered||32|Medium||33|59.40 lbs||327|Stray ||23|Unknown||39|Goofy||39|Intelligent||39|Outgoing||39|Playful||26|11+||31|Extrovert||28|Unknown||30|Unknown||396|No Apartment/Shared Wall Living||122|Marathoner Energy||123|Basic Skills Known||125|Gentle Leader Suggested||155|Low Maintenance||129|Good for Experienced Owner||130|Tennis Balls||34|$95||5|Hi Stratus! How are you doing today? I am fantastic! I have gotten 3 walks today, and the guys have been helping me become the confident dog that I know I can be. The guys? Yeah, I'm getting one-on-one attention from my trainers at paroled pups. So far, I have learned how to "sit, "shake," and possibly a few other commands. That's pretty cool. How did you end up being the lucky guy who got to do that? I wasn't adjusting the best to being in a kennel all day, and staff thought maybe I needed a break, so I came here. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself by going for daily walks and doing some one-on-one training with some of the other dogs. How did you end up at the shelter? I was dropped off at the dog park, and no one came back to get me. So some friendly people brought me here to find my forever home. What does your ideal day look like? When I get adopted, my perfect day would be going for a walk with my family in the morning, munching on a frozen kong around lunchtime, and maybe playing a doggy puzzle game at night. Have you been around kids before? I'm not sure if I have or haven't been around kids. The staff thinks I would do best with older kids ages 11 and up only because I tend to be jumpy and super wiggly when I get excited and may accidentally knock smaller kids down. Is there anything else you would like to tell us, Stratus? I am an active guy and would love to go to a home with an owner that will help me burn off some of my extra energy. It can be through walks, runs, or even doggie puzzles. Will you take me to my forever home?||18|||35|1-16240-35.jpg||9|1-16240-9.jpg||10|1-16240-10.jpg||11|1-16240-11.jpg||
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I have been training in our Paroled Pups program! Check out my latest video! I have a $50 retail donation.
2 Years 5 Months
||1|Doyle||4|I have been training in our Paroled Pups program! Check out my latest video! I have a $50 retail donation.||7|Adoptable Animals||7|Paroled Pups||19|Available||19|Shelter Star||8|Dog||2|09/04/2020||6|Retriever, Labrador/Terrier||22|1/10/2020||20|Male||20|Neutered||32|Medium||33|43.00 lbs||327|Stray ||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|Marathoner Energy||123|Basic Skills Known||125|Still Learning||155|Low Maintenance||129|Good for Experienced Owner||130|Rope Toys||34|$95||5| Hello, I’m Doyle! I am currently in the paroled pups training program, getting one-on-one training. I have learned 'sit' and 'down'. I'm still working on walking well on leash. I am a high-energy boy looking for someone to take me on walks and play with me all the time. I'd be a great weekend hiking companion. I’m goofy and love to be the center of attention. I have a lot of puppy left in me, so I need someone to dedicate the time to help continue training me to become a great dog. I tend to follow you out the door, so make sure you watch me as I may take myself on an adventure. I have been around other dogs and did quite well. I really enjoy playing with other dogs, but have a rough play style that not all dogs are willing to engage in. If you have a canine friend at home, please bring them to meet me before adopting me. I should do well with supervised children ages 13 years and older. Children in the house will need to tolerate my rough play style. I have limited understanding of my size and don't understand I can't fit through every hole in the wall. My favorite toys are tug toys and I really enjoy a good game of tug. I do chase balls but do not bring them back. I'm looking for an active family with a great sense of humor. Will you give this goofy, high-energy boy the forever home I am dreaming of? ||18|||35|1-16663-35.jpg||9|1-16663-9.jpg||10|1-16663-10.jpg||11|1-16663-11.jpg||12|1-16663-12.jpg||
I'm in Paroled Pups Training working on my Manners! I'm a super fluffy lovebug
3 Years 1 Month
||1|Nemo||4|I'm in Paroled Pups Training working on my Manners! I'm a super fluffy lovebug||7|Adoptable Animals||7|Paroled Pups||19|Available||8|Dog||2|06/09/2022||6|Mixed Breed||22|5/4/2019||20|Male||20|Neutered||32|Medium||33|30.4 lbs||327|Owner Surrender||23|Not Housetrained||39|Affectionate||39|Curious||39|Laid Back||26|5+||31|Neighborly||28|Unknown||30|Unknown||122|Moderate Energy||123|New to Training||125|Occasional Pulling||155|Average Maintenance||129|Good for First-Time Owner||130|Tennis Balls||34|$170||5|Hi there! My name is Nemo! I came to the shelter because my previous owners could no longer care for me. I am working on learning some tricks and manners at Paroled Pups! I am a laid back boy who loves attention and cuddles! I like to be a lap dog even though I’m a little big for it! I love to play and am usually pretty outgoing. When I get excited I do get a little mouthy, so I would do better in a home with kids 5+. I like to be by your side all day and see what you’re up to. I’m a bit of a goofball that likes to run around even though I’m a little clumsy. Will you be my forever family?||35|1-17354-35.JPG||9|1-17354-9.JPG||10|1-17354-10.JPG||11|1-17354-11.JPG||