The PAWS program at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex pairs TJJD youth with K-9 partners, who come from the Corinne T. Smith Animal Shelter, for 12 weeks.

During this time, the dogs learn basic commands, improve their socialization skills and learn the skills needed for the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizenship certification. To date the PAWS program has had 80 canines graduate with 78 successful adoptions. 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, grooming and training. The dogs live on the dorms with the students.

One graduate is currently ready for adoption. If you are interested in providing a forever home for one of these beautiful animals, please contact Holli Fenton, Dorm Supervisor at 325-641-4260 or Freda Day, Corinne T. Smith Animal Center Director, at 325-646-0617.

My name is Nico. I am a "Chi–weenie" (Chihuahua/Dachshund) I can be mellow at times, playful at others. I like to cuddle and bundle up with my handler. I’m about 3 years old and I’m crate trained, but I would rather be with my two-legged friends having fun and showing what a great companion I can be. I can sit and down on command. I am becoming a Canine Good Citizen, which means I have very good manners. I can be loyal and devoted to my family if only I had one. Can you help me?