DAWGS in Prison reaches 300 saved

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

“So, perfection seems to be in the eye of the beholder, or adopter,” Christy continued. “We, at DAWGS, do not look for perfect dogs. We look for dogs with potential – the potential to be great companions and family dogs.”

Perfection is not a prerequisite for the inmate trainers, more than 300 strong since the inception of the program, who apply to be part of the program and must meet to 24/7 responsibilities in caring for the dogs.

The inmates learn skills that, in a host of instances, they have gone on to apply those skills to become a productive member of society, in several cases working directly with animals.

“We also value their potential,” Christy said of the inmates who have made DAWGS a success story. “We value their potential. The potential in the men here to learn and grow. They learn a lot – patience, discipline, teamwork and how to train and care for a dog.

“That is our mission at DAWGS in Prison, to fulfill the potential of our inmate trainers and their dogs – to give them the skills to be the best they can be. In so doing, maybe they will be the perfect companion, worker or family member in the future.”

The graduates of the 28th DAWGS in Prison class were destined to two states, half going to spots around Florida while half were transported to new families in Massachusetts.

Several were still awaiting adoption to “forever homes.”

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