DAWGS in Prison celebrates four years

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:06 AM.

Each dog is tested for temperament and ability to be trained. All inmates must apply and undergo an interview process to participate in the program.

The applicants far outnumber the available slots.

“Judy and I would never have forecasted this when we began planning for DAWGS,” Christy said last week. “The past four years have been a never-ending celebration of our dogs, their new families and the success of our inmates.

“Many of these trainers stay in touch with us and tell us they are living productive lives – some as dog trainers. We hope for more successes and celebrations.”

The DAWGS in Prison program could even serve as a game somewhat along “Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon.”

The family of Wesley Wendel adopted Gracie several years ago.

Wesley is autistic and had never shown affection to family or slept through the night.

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