A program at the GEO Riverbend Correctional Facility in Milledgeville, Georgia, is all about second chances. Second chances for homeless dogs who need additional training to improve their odds of getting a new home and second chances for prison inmates who get the opportunity to share their lives with an animal who doesn’t judge them.
Dogs like Roscoe, a new canine student who recently enrolled at the correctional facility. Roscoe’s story was shared on the Baldwin County Jail Dog Program Facebook page on April 18:
We would like to introduce ROSCOE, the newest student at Riverbend Correctional Facility. Roscoe arrived at the prison on April 7, 2017. Roscoe came to the shelter after losing his home when his human was arrested. Roscoe’s “dad” used his one phone call to contact our shelter to ask that we save his dogs and find new homes for them because he was going to be gone for a long time. One of the dogs was adopted from the shelter, one was pulled by a rescue, and Roscoe was selected for the prison program because of his sweet disposition and good manners.
Roscoe, who has “never met a stranger,” immediately fell in love with his new training team. Expectations for Roscoe’s successful completion of the program are high. The Baldwin County Jail Dog Program reminded page followers about the importance of adopting one of these specially trained dogs:
Please be sure to share these wonderful dogs and remember when you adopt one of our prison program dogs, you save two because another shelter dog gets a chance to enter the program.
The benefits are equally important to the inmates who are involved in the training program. Charlie Young, who is serving a life sentence, told WMAZ News how the program has impacted his life:
“It may be a dog, but you’re sharing the love and the dog is giving you so much love back, and it’s accepted you for your mistakes and it’s still loving you, and that makes you feel like society will love you, too.”
The “jail dog” program is a win-win for everyone involved. The dogs bring joy and purpose to inmates who have little else to look forward to and the training gives homeless dogs the extra boost they need to find a real home, with a loving family.
Follow the Baldwin County Jail Dog Program on Facebook at this link.
(Images via Baldwin County Jail Dog Facebook page)
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