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January 19, 2017
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Port St. Joe Star: A golden moment

Published: January 19, 2017
By: Tim Croft

To view the article online, visit: http://www.starfl.com/news/20170119/golden-moment.

The numbers, considered in whole, are really quite staggering.

In less than eight years, 528 abandoned or stray dogs saved to forever homes intead of euthanization.

Those dogs have been transported to homes in 23 states and three countries, including England and South America.

In less than eight years, 502 men, applicants from their inmate dormitories, have learned life-skills such as discipline, empathy, responsibility.

Many of those inmates have used those skills to fashion a life more productive than the one that landed them behind bars; in one case a man in prison more than two decades released to work in an animal shelter.

Add it up and that is more than 1,000 second-chances, 1,000 new leases on life, and that is not even tossing in the lives impacted by the four-legged additions to their households.

That, folks, is Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability (DAWGS) in Prison, which last week graduated its 50th class and which has surely established some sort of bar for private-public partnerships that work.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.

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