Rover Done Over is Fox Valley Humane Association’s in-house dog foster program in which a dedicated group of specially selected and trained volunteers work with special needs dogs within the shelter. Volunteers are trained in behavior modification and enrichment techniques, working with each individual dog one-on-one on socialization, confidence building, basic skills, manners and obedience. By working with these special needs dogs and helping them to positively focus their energy and refine their manners, the Rover Done Over program gives dogs that need a little extra TLC a second chance.
Animal shelters are filled with dogs that have never learned the niceties of life with people – the jumpers, the barkers, the door dashers. At FVHA, these dogs are getting another chance – as are their trainers – through a program called REBOUND (Redirecting Energetic Behavior of Untrained, Needy Dogs).
Begun in 2004, the Rebound program sends selected shelter dogs for training by inmates at the Sanger B. Powers Correctional Center in Oneida. Inmates provide 12 weeks of training and socialization for the dogs. The selected dogs typically lack basic obedience and social skills, or need confidence building because of previous neglect or abuse. After the 12 weeks, these dogs return to the FVHA shelter to be adopted.
All dogs in the program are vet checked, spayed or neutered, and temperament tested before placement in the program. Food, toys, treats, collars, leashes and other supplies are provided by FVHA through generous donations from the community.
Rebound is a win-win-win for all involved. The dogs, who would have faced an uncertain future, become wonderful pets because of this one-on-one attention; the people approved to adopt Rebound dogs are getting a socialized, well-trained dog; and the inmates have an opportunity to use their time and talents for this worthy program in exchange for some much-craved canine affection. The Rebound program is able to help these special animals thanks to the generosity of the community. If you’d like to help give these dogs a second chance, click on the Donate button below. Thank you for your support!
Check out this wonderful educational video made by University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students and FVHA volunteers and see firsthand the positive impact the Rebound program has on both the dogs and their trainers.