Inmates, dogs graduate from "Pawsitive Change" rehab program at Cal City Correctional Facility

Posted at 5:36 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 22:25:18-04

A prison rehabilitation program at the California City Correctional Facility isn't just helping inmates; it's helping dogs find homes.

26 inmates and 10 dogs graduated from the program on Monday.

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"Pawsitive Change", a joint partnership between the prison and Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue, aims to pair inmates with dogs from shelters. The dogs are picked because they have not been adopted, often because of behavioral issues.

The 14-week program allows inmates to enjoy the company of the dogs, all while the dogs themselves are rehabilitated through training.

Once the program is complete, the newly rehabilitated dogs can be adopted.

This class of 10 dogs all graduated with "canine good citizen certification", and most have already found homes. You can view the ones that haven't (and all other dogs up for adoption) here.

As for the inmates, all 26 of them received training certificates upon graduating, and three were promoted to mentor trainers.

Marley's Mutts plans to expand the program to other facilities and have as many of these courses as they can. For more information on the dog rescue, visit their website.