Community Blog: Lunch with Hamburger Jeff

Do you remember Shakira? She’s graduating this weekend

Perhaps you remember Shakira’s blog post from March 9th titled She can’t sing or dance but Shakira can fill your heart with love!

Shortly after her lunch outing she was chosen to participate in the IDAPI Program. Shakira also known as Kira is currently in training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI Program) where she lives with and is trained by inmates at one of the Idaho correctional centers. During this two-month period, the dogs live with the inmates in a prison setting and are trained daily in basic obedience. They are also house, leash and crate trained. The dogs are frequently taught a number of fun tricks such as shake with both paws, bow, spin, speak, sit up, crawl, wave and many times can also perform some agility commands. They also learn to be good indoor companions while at the same time, they get to interact, play and bond with the other dogs in the program. At the end of the training period, these dogs are evaluated to make sure that they have been trained to do all of their required commands.

I’m excited to announce Kira will be graduating onSaturday, May 17 2014

To apply for Kira, you must complete an IDAPI application and, if selected as a potential adopter, a phone interview will be conducted just prior to the dog’s graduation. If chosen, you will then be asked to attend a 2-hour workshop where you will meet the dog and also learn the commands that the dog knows and how to work with her. If you are interested in applying for this dog or any dog in the IDAPI program, please contact Dee at the Idaho Humane Society and request an application. The phone number is 208/331-8552 and the e-mail address is:

You can also call Jenn at 208/866-1629 for more information about fostering or adopting any of the blog dogs.

Kira on a sit stay

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Kira on a down stay


Doing a trick called the “dog catcher”


Kira doing the “shake” command

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Kira doing the “pray” command

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