Designed to socialize troublesome dogs into adoptable pets and to provide structure for San Mateo County jail inmates, the T.A.I.L.S. Program (Transitioning Animals Into Loving Situations) pairs shelter dogs from the Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with suitable inmates for an eight-week training period.
Started in 2009, the unique partnership has brought together 42 inmates with 42 dogs who have all successfully completed the dog training program. Both the men and the animals benefit from the instruction, and some participants grow quite fond of each other. Because the animal shelters face overcrowding, they also appreciate the service provided by the T.A.I.L.S. program.
Animal and handler spend two months together around the clock, attending training sessions and even sleeping in the same cell. The pets’ adoption potential is enhanced, while the men learn the importance of discipline and display improved behavior and an increase in civility.
About the author:
Since June 2006, Sheriff Gregory Munks has served as Sheriff of San Mateo County. He is responsible for initiating the T.A.I.L.S. Program. In 1995, Sheriff Greg Munks earned a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University.