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Prison Hound Program

Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption works with the Greyhound Advancement Center prison programs to help retired racing hounds transition to home life and learn basic obedience. The hound will learn these skills from inmate-trainers who, in return, will gain valuable skills, a sense of purpose, and the unconditional love of a dog during their time in prison. Studies have shown a lower rate of re-incarceration when prisoners are given opportunities to have responsibilities and learn employable skills. All of the inmate-trainers who participate in the prison program will be released from prison at some point in the future. The Greyhound Advancement Center currently has active programs at Hardee Correctional Institute (near Tampa, FL) and Central Florida Reception Center (Orlando, FL).

In addition to the standard adoption requirements (Application, reference check, and home visit), a potential adopter who wants to apply for a prison trained Greyhound through Blue Ridge Greyhound must meet the following requirements:

  • Tax-deductible adoption fee for a prison hound is $650 (additional $20 if paying by credit card). Read more about what the fees pay for here. All fees must be paid at least 3-4 weeks prior to the adoption.

  • The approved adopter must be willing and able to pass a background check.

  • The approved adopter must be able to go to Florida to pick up their pre-selected Greyhound and attend the prison graduation ceremony on the date specified. Graduations occurs approximately every 10-14 weeks (usually on a Friday).

  • Must have completed the additional questions listed in the adoption application.

  • This process can take time. The potential adopter must be willing to be patient when waiting for a prison-trained greyhound. BRGA will work with you every step of the way.

You can read the adoption story of our very first Hardee Hero Hound here:

Upcoming Hardee Correctional Institute (outside Tampa, FL) Graduation Dates:
Session 38: December 6, 2019

Session 39: February 14, 2020

Session 40: April 24, 2020

Session 41: July 17, 2020

Session 42: October 9, 2020

Session 43: December 18, 2020

Upcoming Central Florida Reception Center (Orlando, FL) Graduation Dates:
Session 3: December 6, 2019

Session 4: February 14, 2020

Session 5: April 24, 2020

Session 6: July 17, 2020

Session 7: October 9, 2020

Session 8: December 18, 2020

If you have been approved to adopt a prison hound from Hardee Correctional Institute, a checklist for your prison visit can be found here. The prisons are currently allowing only one child under 18 of age for each adult allowed into prison. All children must have a valid photo ID - passport or state supplied picture ID to enter prison.

For additional information on the Greyhound Advancement Center and the great work they do, please visit