DAWGS in Prison graduates class number 22

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM.

The numbers keep on growing for the DAWGS in Prison program.

With the 22nd graduation class last week, the Developing Adoptable Dogs With Good Sociability (DAWGS) program has now saved 232 dogs that might otherwise not be around, sending those dogs to 14 states and two countries.

The stories are now legion, the number of dogs over more than three years, saved from possible euthanasia, that have also made profound impacts on the lives of their new owners.

Sandi Christy, co-director of the DAWGS program with the St. Joseph Humane Society – DAWGS is a collaboration between the Humane Society, Board of County Commissioners, the Department of Corrections and the Gulf Forestry Camp – noted two particularly special cases.

One is Gracie, who was adopted in July 2010 in large measure to provide companionship with a 9-year-old suffering from Aspberger’s Syndrome.

He had never shown any emotion to his family members and also could not sleep through the night,” Christy said. “Gracie immediately made a connection with him and today he sleeps with Gracie at his side and sleeps through the night. He has been able to show love and compassion with Gracie in his life too.”

There is also Skye, who was adopted by a military family.

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