In partnership with Eastern Florida State College’s (EFSC) Veterinarian Technician Program, Sheriff Wayne Ivey is pleased to announce the next generation of the Paws & Stripes® program; “The Paws and Stripes College”. The basic tenants of the original program remain in place while serving as the foundation for the newly formed “College”. Selected canine graduates of the original 8 week course will now move into the advanced training program to serve our community as PTSD dogs, therapy dogs, child victim advocate dogs, dogs to assist in computer crimes and crimes against children investigations, along with dogs that can detect epileptic seizures in children, all of which will be given away at no cost!
Additionally, we plan to train dogs that can detect termites and other types of insects that could be sold commercially to assist in financially supporting the new initiative. EFSC’s Veterinarian’s Program will be an integral partner by providing basic medical care to our canine students, while gaining invaluable “hands on training and experience” in their new chosen profession.
To accommodate this new and innovative program, the Sheriff’s Office was able to refurbish a building that was previously abandoned by the Department of Corrections when the Brevard County Work Camp was closed. The facility has been renovated into a world class training facility through the use of inmate welfare funds, inmate labor, and at little cost to the taxpayers of Brevard County.
This program is a win/win/win initiative that frees up kennel space in the local Public and Private Animal Care Centers, provides dogs a forever home, provides an incredible resource to those in need, helps increase our Live Release Rate, provides college students a strong practical application for their area of study, and teaches inmates a job skill that can be utilized to decrease the recidivism rate of incarceration.
The Paws & Stripes® program
The Paws & Stripes® program has been in existence since September of 2006, and is a successful partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the Central Brevard Humane Society, and the SPCA of North Brevard. This program pairs carefully selected and trained Jail inmates with shelter dogs that are at a significant risk of being euthanized. To date, over 300 dogs have graduated and been saved through this amazing program.
During this eight-week course, inmates train their canine partners to be responsive to both voice commands and hand signals. The dogs are housebroken and learn all basic obedience skills to include: heel, sit, down, stay, and come. At the end of their training, the canine recruits are tested by an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and receive their CGC Certification prior to finding a permanent home.
The inmates who participate in the Paws and Stripes® Program gain a sense of accomplishment while they learn techniques in dog training, general pet grooming, and veterinary assistant skills. In addition, they complete a Pet First Aid and CPR course and are given the opportunity to acquire their Level 1 Certification from the International Boarding and Pet Care Services Association. This, in turn, can be very useful in job placement upon their release from the Brevard County Jail.
How to Adopt
Thank you for your interest in adopting a “Paws & Stripes®” graduate! Dogs are adopted by one of the agencies listed below. The adopting agency is listed under the dog’s photo on the adoptable dogs web page. Please contact the appropriate agency directly for information.
SPCA of North Brevard
455 Cheney Highway
Titusville, Florida 32780
Central Brevard Humane Society
1020 Cox Road
Cocoa, Florida 32926
South Brevard Animal Care & Adoption Center
5100 West Eau Gallie Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32935
North Animal Care & Adoption Center
2605 Flake Rd.
Titusville, Florida 32796
How to Donate to the Program
If you’d like to make a donation to the PAWS & STRIPES® Program, please send a check or money order to:
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity, Inc.
700 S. Park Ave
Titusville, Fl 32780
*Please write “Pet Posse” on the memo line.