Following on from the success of the Shelton programme, we were approached by The Dochas Centre as they were interested in getting involved with the charity. However due to the available space at the Dóchas Centre, we knew that the Buddy Dog programme would not work, so we put our thinking caps on and came up with an idea of placing breeding females in the Dóchas and we have not looked back since.
A breeding female is placed with an individual inmate and the dog lives with them in their room. The women are given all the support they need to ensure all the needs of both mother and babies are met. The puppies are whelped in the room under 24 hour supervision with a vet on call. From the moment the puppies are born they are handled and loved. Looking after new born puppies is a lot of work, as they often need additional feeding or care and there is a lot of cleaning up for the 7 weeks they are at Dóchas!
0-12 weeks is the most important time of any puppy’s life and we are delighted with the standard of care our puppies receive at the Dóchas Centre; they are all well-handled, clean, happy, healthy, confident puppies ready for their next adventure.