It’s a perfect time to save a dog’s life! If you desire to save a shelter dog, but still want the benefits of a trained companion, here is your opportunity.

The PAWS program at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex pairs a select group of TJJD youth with K-9 partners from the local Corinne T. Smith Animal Shelter for 12 weeks. During this time, the dogs learn basic commands, improve their socialization skills and earn the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizenship certification. The youth benefit by learning to demonstrate empathy, compassion and responsibility. They are responsible for their dogs at all times and do all the feeding, walking, grooming and training. The youth and their companion form great bonds during this time, helping both of them. Currently Ron Jackson has three AKC graduates ready for adoption.

Paco is a 15 lb. six-year-old short-haired Chihuahua mix. He is now ready to move to a loving home. Although Paco is deaf, he abides by the same commands the other dogs follow. He watches his trainer’s movement and knows what the signed command means. Paco is not very active but loves attention and preforming his tricks, such as barking on command and rolling over. He enjoys being outside, however is more of a house dog, who loves to wrap up in a blanket for naps.

Lilo is a one-year-old 20 lb. energetic Chiweenie who loves to play. She enjoys being outside so she can run and play with toys. After playtime outside she enjoys relaxing on her bed. She loves showing off her AKC tricks and her favorite is to “sit pretty.” Lilo would do best in an active home and would do well in a home with kids. She is a great watchdog and is protective of her family.

Stitch is a 12 lb. four-year-old short-haired Chihuahua mix. He loves to play with children and is very smart and teachable. He learns tricks and rules very quickly from his trainer. He enjoys playing fetch and sitting pretty. He also loves to roll over especially when he is excited. Stitch is loving and caring and would do wonderful in a home with a lot of attention.

If you are interested in providing a forever home for one of these dogs, please contact Holli Fenton, Dorm Supervisor at (325) 641-4260 or Freda Day, Corinne T. Smith Animal Center Director, at (325) 646-0617.

Please contact the Community Relations Office at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex at (325) 641-4240 if you are interested learning more about this program and ways to help the youth and K-9s at this facility.