DAWGS in Prison graduates number 324 canines, 320 inmates

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

“I was seeking a companion dog,” Mamoran said. “That is a step down from a service dog. I did not want a service dog because I don’t think it is fair for the dog to have to work all the time.

“I want him to be with me at all times, but not have to be working.”

Once discharged from the military, doctors suggested Mamoran consider a dog and he was referred to the non-profit organization Pets for Patriots.

The first attempt at adoption progressed to near the point of adoption, however, only to have the facility providing the dog inform Mamoran and his fiancé that they would have to pay $200.

“The whole thing started to sound kind of fishy,” he said.

Referred by Pets for Patriots to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, Mamoran was quickly in contact with DAWGS in Prison, which exists through collaboration between the SJBHS, the Florida Department of Corrections and the Board of County Commissioners.

“I filed my application on the weekend and it was approved that same day and I got a call from (DAWGS co-coordinator) Sandi Christy on that Monday,” Mamoran said.

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