DAWGS in prison graduates class 30

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:11 AM.

The DAWGS initiative also aims to return inmates to society as productive individuals.

More than 320 inmates have been accepted into the application program. They begin as caretakers for the pups and with dedication and determination they move up to higher roles with more responsibility that includes trainer and lead trainer.

Inmates have gone on to use skills learned in DAWGS to work with animals in shelters, humane societies and veterinarian offices.

During the graduation ceremony, program director Christy told each dog’s story. She praised the inmates who participated in the program for the patience, persistence and teamwork they show with each new class.

“Trainers have to be calm and confident because the dogs take the energy,” said Christy. “I’m so proud of the job that the trainers have done. They take an animal and help it reach its full potential and adopters are richly rewarded with a new family member.”

Officer Kyra Burch, the new Program Coordinator with the Department of Corrections gave out the Top Dog award to Ramsey’s new best friend Walter. The award is bestowed on the canine that showed the most progress during training and the most promise for the future.

Ramsey gave both the trainers and his dog a standing ovation.



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