Puppy Furlough

Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence currently operates a prison puppy program at the Toledo Correctional Institute. The prison puppy program enables ADAI to produce more assistance dogs for consumers on our waiting list. Carefully screened inmates are taught to raise and train dogs for ADAI. The inmate trainers work diligently with their puppies, but they cannot complete the socialization process necessary in training our dogs. 
This is why a furlough home is so important for the prison puppies.   For one week out of each month the puppies live with their furlough families who offer exposure to situations that are not available in the prison setting. The puppies encounter children, other adults, house routines and home sounds such as vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, telephones, doorbells, etc. The puppies may go to the vet, a baseball game, the grocery store, a school, a restaurant, a walk around the neighborhood, a run around a farm or to many other fun places. The puppies learn how to behave in a home environment and how to act around children, cats and other pets. ADAI provides all supplies necessary to keep the puppy for a week and the furlough volunteer makes a commitment to have the puppy each month the puppy is housed in the prison. This is usually for six to eight months.



  • Pick up and drop off the puppy at the Toledo Correctional Institute or ADAI’s Education and Training Facility.
  • Take the puppy on public outings in order to complete the puppy socialization process.
  • Have a home that is a clean and healthy living environment for the puppy.
  • Give the puppy daily, supervised exercise.
  • Provide an ample supply of appropriate dog toys and bones to keep the puppy busy and happy. 
  • Groom the puppy on a daily basis.
  • Learn basic dog training as provided by the ADAI training team.
  • Take the puppy to the ADAI vet occasionally. (Out of town Furlough Volunteers will provide their own vet care.)
  • Regularly record notes in the furlough notebook.


ADAI covers all costs of veterinary care and general dog care supplies. ADAI will provide the following items to the Furlough Volunteer:

  • Crate
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Clicker
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Bowls
  • Toy
  • Vest


Becoming a Furlough Volunteer

To apply to become an ADAI furlough click here for the Furlough Application. Once the completed application is submitted, an ADAI staff member will contact you to set up an in-home interview for furlough volunteers. During the interview the staff will review the responsibilities of a furlough volunteer and answer any questions you may have. Once you are approved as a furlough volunteer, you are placed on a waiting list until we have the right puppy for your home. The wait can range from a week to a couple of months.