DAWGS in Prison graduates class number 22

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

“Skye’s family wanted a well trained dog who was good with kids and who might be open to travel,” Christy said. “As of today, Skye has traveled to live with her family in Washington, D.C., Germany and now South America.

“As I reflect on the last 22 classes, I’m amazed by the impact our dogs have on their adopters.”

All the dogs are selected from the lost or abandoned dogs brought to the Humane Society. Each dog selected for the program joins a team of inmates – from head trainers to caretakers – who train, groom and care for the dog at all times, 24/7.

The number of inmates – who must also apply for the program, be interviewed, screened and asked to join – that have gone through the program is nearing 300 and several inmates have gone on to work with animals upon release.

“They teach the dogs and, in turn, the dogs teach them: how to be responsible and how to care about something besides themselves,” Christy said. “We are proud of what these men and these dogs have accomplished.”

Christy also thanked adopters who make the program work. They are the secret success to the program and Christy and the DAWGS team go to great pains to ensure each dog and owner are matched.

As one adopter said of the experience:

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