DAWGS in Prison graduates Class 29

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

Inmates have gone on to use skills learned in DAWGS to work with animals in shelters, humane societies and veterinarians from Florida to Oregon.

“I cry a little at every graduation, but the inmates can change that,” Miick said. “They come up and tell me about all they have learned, about discipline, just caring about another being. That makes it all worthwhile.”

For the dogs, many of them either abandoned or turned into the shelter, the program is, literally, a life-saver.

Andy was given up by a family that grew impatient with him despite not providing the training, Christy said.

Siri was abandoned in the woods and until DAWGS had never learned to trust humans.

Paige was loved, Christy said, but never spayed and had produced too many puppies, taxing her body.

Ally was an admired gorgeous dog, but never trained or socialized with people.

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