Atascosa Animal Allies and the Federal Correctional Institution in Three Rivers, with support from the City of Pleasanton, have teamed up to initiate a dog training program in the prison.
This gives inmates an opportunity to learn a skill and receive a certificate that can be used once they leave the prison system. Inmates and prison staff were excited and ready to begin training with their four-legged friends.
Brenda Gibbon, Senior Kennel Attendant for the City of Pleasanton, gave guidance on dog grooming, training, and information about each dog in the prison on Tuesday, July 13th.
“We believe this is a great opportunity for us as South Texas citizens to help our fellow human beings while also helping the dogs in our program,” said Melinda Eustace, Atascosa Animal Allies Placement Director. “We are drawn to this program not only because of the love and attention our dogs receive that will help them in the long run, but also because of the chance it gives the men in the program to develop skills and training that helping them thrive after their sentences are served. We strongly believe that the love of an animal can help help these men pass the trials of their incarceration. This is an exciting time for us and we are honored to have been selected to start this life changing program. “
It’s the perfect opportunity to help the dogs stand out and stand out. Once these dogs are trained, they will be put up for adoption. It’s a win-win situation.
Warden Jason Cox said: “We are very excited about the dog program at FCI Three Rivers. This program will be a great opportunity for inmates to learn how to train the dogs while learning how to love, care for, and be responsible for an animal. This will help them become a more compassionate person and function as a better citizen once they are fired. This program also helps the dogs by offering them love and care and training them to become better pets for their future homes forever. “
The program runs for three to nine months. Four dogs from the City of Pleasanton animal shelter given to AAA and a community dog make up the pack that is in the program. Atascosa Animal Allies says it is grateful to be able to work with the City of Pleasanton to save our native dogs and enable them to live better lives.
Anyone wishing to donate material or money to this program can send a message through their Facebook page: Atascosa Animal Allies or [email protected]