Retrievers & Redemption is a collaboration between L.E.A.R.N. and Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections, Thompson Correctional Center (TCC).  This is a pilot program starting the fall of 2013 with the goal of helping unwanted Labradors in Southern WI and Northern IL become adoptable by fostering, vetting, and learning basic doggy manners.

Incoming Labradors are screened through L.E.A.R.N.’s Intake Assessment Committee and have to pass assessment screening, and are placed at TCC to be fostered and trained on basic doggy manners.  Per L.E.A.R.N.’s policies, all Labradors are completely vetted, micro chipped, and have passed intake assessment criteria.  

Inmates at TCC are screened to ensure they are a good fit for the program and are evaluated throughout the program by L.E.A.R.N.  Incoming Labradors are selected by the Intake Committee and are placed at TCC with a TCC handler.  For the next two to eight weeks (or longer if needed), the dogs live with their handler, and together they work on basic doggy manners and socialization.  TCC handlers are responsible for the care and training of their dogs throughout their stay at TCC.  L.E.A.R.N. provides positive reinforcement training techniques to TCC handlers to properly train and interact with the Labradors.

Throughout their stay at TCC, Labradors are evaluated to assess their needs for a forever home.  L.E.A.R.N. also will follow policies on working with approved adopters to match the dog to the family that it feels will best meet the needs of the that particular Labrador.  

This program not only benefits the Labradors, but also allows TCC inmates to help dogs in need and give back to the community.  TCC inmates also benefit personally by forming bonds from training and living with their assigned Labrador.  

Please support this program by adopting a L.E.A.R.N. Retrievers and Redemption dog or make a donations to L.E.A.R.N.  We thank you for your support in our new pilot program with TCC.  Both Labs and Inmates benefit from this program through unconditional love, training, compassion and hard work.


Please go to our website to fill out an application to become an approved adopter so that you can inquire about our TCC Labradors.  


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