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Veterans and Texas Inmates Are Having Their Lives Changed by These Dogs

September 24, 2019
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Veterans and Texas Inmates Are Having Their Lives Changed by These Dogs
Joshua O'Connor
In three of Texas’ correctional facilities, inmates are training dogs to become service animals. Then, the dogs are given to disabled veterans for free.

A prison is the last place you might expect to hear a bark, but in three Texas correctional facilities, you’ll regularly hear barks, commands and the pitter-patter of paws. 

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice partnered with Patriot Paws, a nonprofit that pairs disabled veterans with service dogs. Before the dogs are paired with a vet, incarcerated individuals train them to learn basic service animal skills. 

The pairing between Patriot Paws and prisons is mutually beneficial. The trainers learn valuable life lessons and gain skills that can lead to career opportunities post-release, and the dogs learn how to care for a vet. 

Since starting the partnership in 2008, Patriot Paws has hired two formerly-incarcerated dog trainers. 

Meet one of the trainers and learn how you can get involved with Patriot Paws in the video above. 

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