MOD Pizza in Broken Arrow will be holding a community grand opening celebration on Wednesday, August 17th from 10:30 am – 10:00 pm. MOD Pizza is new to Broken Arrow after opening their first location at Tulsa Hills in April. But MOD Pizza won’t be celebrating alone. CARE Rescue’s Prison Dog Training Program called STAR is in the process of completing its 14th class at the Dick Conner Correctional Center (DCCC) in Hominy, OK.
WHAT: Community Celebration at MOD Pizza to benefit CARE Rescue’s STAR Prison Dog Training Program WHEN: Wednesday, August 17th, 4-5pm
WHERE: MOD Pizza Broken Arrow 911 E. Kenosha Street Broken Arrow, OK 74012
The MOD Pizza Squad, CARE Rescue’s STAR Prison Dog personnel and families who currently enjoy a STAR Prison Dog as their family pet will be celebrating this unique partnership together at the event.
CARE Rescue OK and MOD Pizza are proud to share our mutual belief that everyone (including our four-legged friends) deserves a second chance. CARE Rescue is celebrating our 5-year anniversary of our STAR Prison Dog Training Program. Since entering the Dick Conner Correctional Center (DCCC) in Hominy, OK in September of 2017, the STAR Prison Dog Program has seen 14 classes go through the 10-week program where pre-approved inmates (for this purpose we use the term ‘handlers’) live 24/7 with a STAR dog who joined the program after being pulled from an area shelter and most in danger of facing euthanasia due to overpopulation.
Over the past 5 years and following next month’s Class 14 graduation, a total of 106 dogs will have graduated from the STAR program and living with their families who treat these dogs as beloved family members. This means more than 100 dogs have gotten their second chance at life. And with 16 inmates/handlers who participate in a 10-week class, the vast majority have remained in this program since our inception. All toll, 49 handlers at DCCC have received their second chance at contributing to society as a member of the STAR Prison Dog Program.
The name of the program, STAR, is an acronym for Save, Train and Rehabilitate and the handlers themselves came up with the name and logo. Warden Janet Dowling has been critical to the success of the STAR Prison Dog Program and along with her dedicated staff, the dogs who are trained by the handlers not only live, sleep and eat in the cells together, but they never leave the inmates side throughout the day and night. The time the handlers devote to the training and care of these dogs help these dogs once they leave the prison to become perfect family members. At the end of each 10-week class, each dog and handler must pass a test before they can each receive their graduation certificate. Every Wednesday CARE Rescue’s lead trainer Andrea Lueck, travels to the prison to put the dogs and their handlers through the paces.
The STAR Prison Dog Program has been a labor of love for everyone involved including CARE Rescue, DCCC staff, the families who love our STAR dogs and now MOD Pizza who graciously has agreed to make the STAR Prison Dog Program this week’s one-day charity. Proceeds from sales on Wednesday, Aug. 17th will benefit STAR, so if you believe in second chances, there is no better opportunity for the public to show their support.
ABOUT MOD PIZZA:
MOD Pizza is a purpose-led, people-first brand founded in Seattle in 2008 by serial entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. As the pioneer of the fast-casual pizza category, MOD introduced speed, individual style and compelling value to the world of pizza. The Company serves individual artisan-style pizzas and salads that are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads with any combination of over 40 toppings and sauces, all for one incredible price. Today, MOD is the largest fast casual pizza concept and one of the fastest growing restaurant brands in North America. With over 500 stores system-wide** across 29 states and Canada, MOD is committed to creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work by providing community and opportunity to over 10,000 Squad members. For more information, please visit http://www.modpizza.com or connect with the brand
About CARE Rescue (Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts)
CARE Rescue is dedicated to rescuing homeless dogs, dogs in public shelters who are at high -risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances and dogs in danger of abuse or neglect. CARE Rescue strives to work with area shelters and other
rescue and humane organizations to develop a network of supporters and volunteers in order to create a better world for homeless pets. CARE Rescue assists dogs in distress without regard to age, breed or ease of placement.
CARE Rescue is a non-profit, no kill, volunteer dog rescue organization serving the Tulsa area and only places dogs in loving, responsible, committed permanent homes, following a comprehensive adoption process which includes taking considerable care in finding good matches and educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a dog into their homes and lives. All CARE Rescue animals are spayed or neutered, receive all appropriate veterinary care and treatment, and placed in nurturing foster homes while they await placement in their permanent homes. CARE Re scue is also committed to the welfare of the dog beyond the adoption process.
Every dollar CARE Rescue takes in goes directly to the care of the animals.
About the Dick Correctional Center in Hominy, OK
The Dick Conner Correctional Center (DCCC) is a state operated institution located in Hominy, Oklahoma. The institution has a capacity of 1,106 males. DCCC is a medium security facility with a minimum-security unit. The primary purpose is to provide custody and control to medium and minimum-security inmates. The primary work program is correctional industry institutional support. The programmatic mission is Education.
DCCC provides meaningful work opportunities through correctional industries and institutional support, provide community support through the Prisoner Public Work Program, provide educational opportunities, cognitive behavior treatment, faith and character unit programs, and through reintegration activities to return the inmates to society as a more productive citizen.