DAWGS in Prison graduates 23rd class

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:32 AM.

Asper was just days away from certain death.

In the shelter at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society for more than six months, Asper, a middle-aged black lab, was just days away from euthanasia, one of many similarly-situated dogs.

She needed obedience training and socialization but the clock was ticking.

But Asper found reprieve in the form of John Kelly, in inmate at the Gulf Forestry Camp, and the DAWGS in Prison Program. DAWGS stands for Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability.

Since 2009, the program has saved more than 250 dogs situated just like Asper, without a home and with little hope for adoption as the sands in the clock trickle away.

Today, Asper is in a new home in Connecticut, a happy dog in a new family enjoying a rebirth in life.

“In our nation’s correctional systems, more than one million men, women and young adults are living their lives in confinement,” said Sandi Christy, co-director of the DAWGS in Prison program. “Meanwhile, 15 million prisoners of a different sort are facing a possible death sentence.

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