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GCCC Prisoner-Trained Dogs Ready for Adoption December 3

You can have a new family member for the holidays!

GCCC SPOT (Shelter Pet Obedience Training) adoption is Wednesday, December 3. This is a fun and playful group of dogs with a canine personality to fit in any family. Check out the bios (below) if you are interested in adopting. If you like, call 864-8125 and arrange a visit at GCCC to meet your potential pet. On December 3 at 11 am adoptions will open up. Call the MatSu Borough Animal Shelter at 746-5500, press 2 for adoptions, then leave a message that you want to adopt the dog by the number on the face sheet. The first person to call the Shelter will be considered a priority for adoption. After the MSB Shelter receives the call they will call you back to get your information. All adoption fees apply and are paid to the Shelter. Your adoption papers will be ready on graduation day, December 10, at 3 pm in the GCCC visitation building. You will be handed your new forever pet and your adoption papers at that time. If you can’t make it out to GCCC, your pet will be taken to the MatSu Borough Animal Shelter in Palmer.

Photo of Stella the Dog

About Stella:

“I need a new home for the holidays. I am a great puppy, almost 8 months old. I love to play with people and other dogs and have lots of energy. I go up and down the stairs without any problems. I will do my best to listen to you when you tell me to sit and stay or lay down. I can tell you when I have to go outside. But if you don’t listen when I scratch at the door or whine, I will bark! The guys teaching me this stuff says my fur is really white and feels like a rabbit’s fur. I don’t know about fur rabbit but I am sure I would like to play with one. I have great manners and would love to join your family! Oh yeah, if my cuteness hasn’t won you over, I am a Great Pyrenees mix if that helps you make up your mind.”

Photo of Freckles the Dog

About Freckles:

“Hi I’m Freckles. I’m an Australian Shepherd and approximately 2 years old. I’m very boisterous, very loyal and very lovable. I love to play with other dogs. I want to say hi to everyone I see and of course they love me. I’m highly motivated by food and play. I’m sharp as a tack, whatever that means. I have a high energy level so I need lots of room to run. When I’m excited about something, I make myself heard. I love being a pet, I love having my belly scratched and I love my chew toys. I’d be a great dog for a family with children that can keep up with my energy and give me the exercise I need AND I play well with other dogs my size. My long coat gives me good protection against Alaska’s cold weather. What female doesn’t love a fur coat!” Freckles has learned to: sit, lay down, come, settle, retrieve and is house trained.

Photo of Pinky the Dog

About Pinky:

“Hi I’m Pinky, a tan and white Pit Bull with all the trimmings. I am 15 months old and full of energy (don’t let my size fool you). I love everyone I come in contact with and everyone loves me back. I’m so cute. You might say I am the “Miss Piggy” of the dog world. I’m very energetic and love to play constantly. Plus, I’m good with kids and other animals. I’m very affectionate and love to kiss you but will stop if you tell me to. I would be a good dog for any family that loves animals.” What Pinky knows…Pinky knows: sit, shake, come, high five, lay down.

Photo of Happy the Dog

About Happy:

“Hi I’m Happy, not happy like that—well I’m happy too, but, my name’s Happy. I am a Doberman Pinscher mix and I have tons of energy, but not the bad kind that drives you crazy. Enough with the semantics. I will bond with you if you take me home. I’m learning to be more social because the guys I have been hanging out with for the past few months are teaching me that it’s ok to be a dog (and I am soooo cute). I love everyone and even other animals. I am kind of a pack dog so I don’t mind being the beta to your alpha. The best thing about me is I’m fully house broken. I mean, who isn’t these days, right? I like to exercise a lot and I’m highly motivated by food, so keep the treats handy. Here are some of my commands: Heel, Sit, Come, Lay Down, Kennel Up.”

Photo of Cyrus the Dog

About Cyrus:

“It’s your dog Cyrus! I am a Chesapeake Bay Retriever with some American Terrier mixed in for good measure. I’m one year old and weigh 55 pounds. Don’t let my size stop you from loving me though. I have to admit I am extremely shy around strangers and it takes a while before you warm up to me. So come out to Goose Creek and get to know me. I really need a nice home, preferably with a loving, patient family that likes to have lots and lots of fun. I would like to live with adults who have older children. I love playing with other dogs and having my belly rubbed too. My favorite thing is food, lots of and lots of food. Check out some of the things I can do: Sit, Come, Lay Down, Kennel up. I am sure I can do more if you invest your time and love in me.”

Photo of Cyrus the Dog

Photo of Easy the Dog

About Easy:

“My name is Easy and I do live up to my name. I am a Labrador Poodle mix. I love to play fetch and I have a very soft mouth when I bring the ball back. Just because I am big (70 pounds) doesn’t mean I play rough. Just say drop it and we can do it again and again, it’s that Easy (I crack myself up). People say I look like a human in a dog suit, but I think I just look like my Mom (check out my soulful eyes). Anyway, I’m good with kids, animals and people. Plus I am smart as a whip (whatever that is)! Here’s what I can do: Sit, Come, Lay, Kennel Up, Shake, Play Dead and Roll Over.”

Photo of Liam the Dog

About Liam:

Hi my name is Liam. I’m a fun loving dog that likes to run and loves to play and chase other dogs. Well I am part Greyhound. The other part of me is Husky. I’m highly energized, food motivated and excited about everything. Yee-Ha! I like most dogs and people, but really, I’m just looking for a caring family that likes to play and has lots of time and space for me. Yahoo! Take me home!! You will love me! I know how to: Sit, Heel, Off, Kennel-Up, Leave it, Drop It, Come, Shake and High Five!”

Goose Creek SPOT Graduates Available for Adoption

Four dogs who have completed the Goose Creek Shelter Pet Obedience Training (SPOT) program are available for adoption through the Mat Su Animal Shelter with all fees paid to the shelter. Each dog’s face sheet is attached to this post. If you would like to meet a dog, call PO Dekarske at 864-8125 to arrange a meeting. After your pet receives his or her graduation certificate you will be able to take your pet home with you. The graduation ceremony will be on Thursday, June 26 at 3pm in GCCC Visitation.

The steps to adopt a dog are as follows: On Tuesday June 24 at 11:00am call the Mat Su Animal Shelter at 746-5500 and select option 2. Leave a message that you want to adopt a dog – referencing the animal number on the face sheet. The shelter will call you back to complete the adoption paperwork.

Goose Creek Conducts Inaugural SPOT Graduation

Photo of GCCC SPOT graduates

The Goose Creek Correctional Center held its first SPOT Dog graduation ceremony Friday, April 4th.  The following dogs, graduates of the program, will be available for adoption:

  • Sadie is a German Shepherd mix.  Her winter coat is brownish; as summer approached her coat shows more shepherd characteristics. Sadie is very curious about what is going on around her and loves to run.  Sadie loves to play keep away with the ball.  Sadie is very gentle and lovable. Sadie has learned how to sit, lay down and shake.  She has also learned the command “no.” She is kennel trained and house broken. Sadie has learned to be more confident and has become much more comfortable around people than she was when she arrived.
  • Faith has learned to heel, fetch, lay down, wait, and has developed patience and temperance.  She has learned to walk by the handler’s side when off leash. Faith has also learned her name. Faith is a brindle boxer mix that is brown and black with white on her face. She is well muscled with a good coat and healthy skin.  She is very playful.
  • Carley has learned a lot of patience and many commands.  She gets her leash when she wants to go out.  She has learned that she does not have to eat her food immediately when it is given to her.  She also has learned to be comfortable in her kennel. She can sit and stay, lay down, and heel.  She can also do tricks with treats by leaving them on her paws and not taking them until told to do so. Carley can also shake hands. Carley is a 9-month-old golden retriever and black lab mix.  She has a very black, thick, and shiny coat.  She loves to play fetch and soccer.  She also loves baths. Carley is a wonderful dog.
  • Tank has learned to sit, lay down, stay, come, shake, fetch and walk on a leash.  Tank has also learned to sit and wait for the release command before eating. Tank is a brown brindle and white malamute-pitbull mix. He loves to play and is full of energy.
  • Annabell has learned basic obedience such as sit, stay, lay down, kennel up, stay, heel etc.  Annabell can also do tricks such as hold a treat on her nose until she is told she can have it.  Annabell also responds to hand signals. Annabell is a three year old yellow lab mix that weighs about 60 pounds and is very energetic and friendly.  Annabell is a very well behaved dog.
  • Mac (who has been adopted) has learned the basics such as sit, stay, kennel up, wait at doors, how to play fetch and drop toys.  Mac also has learned how to walk on a leash without pulling.  Mac can roll over and leave treats. Mac is an 80-pound black lab and will make a great pet.

Interested in adopting?