CLIPS (Correctional Ladies Improving Pets)
Skill building and professional grooming combine to make the perfect match
What is CLIP?
The Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter supports the CLIP program by accepting 501 C3 donations to the program and providing supplies as needed when not covered by donations. The CLIP program- standing for Correctional Ladies Improving Pets, takes place at the Decatur Correctional Center, a minimum security women’s’ prison. The program started on January 21, 2002 and was developed from a meeting between veterinarian Dr. Larry Baker and former deputy director Missy Stuttler. It is taught by Kim Schwalbach, a veteran groomer with over 36 years of experience.
How is CLIP funded?
The program is funded through Correctional Industries. Supplies come from donations made through DMCASF. The curriculum follows the guidelines of the National Dog Grooming Association, enabling the students to take tests to become certified master groomers when they are released from prison. There are currently five inmates in the program working on their groomer assistant or dog groomer certificates.
Win Win for Shelter Dogs and Inmates
Dogs used in the program come from the Macon County Animal Control & Care Facility. The benefits are two-fold; inmates are learning a vocation and shelter dogs are getting professionally groomed which makes them more adoptable. CLIP has groomed over 6000 shelter dogs and staff have adopted 35 dogs. Through the generous donations of contributors to the program each graduate of the CLIP program is given a grooming kit worth over $750 enabling them to start grooming immediately. Community programs like CLIP allow inmates to have a career upon graduation and release which helps prevent recidivism. A win - win program for our shelter pets and inmates alike!