The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is partnering to provide service dogs for veterans, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
thanks to a partnership between Rashad’s Top Dogg K9 and the Gwinnett County Jail, the nonprofit is helping yet another segment of the population: inmates.
Coordinated through the jail’s Operation Second Chance, or more colloquially known, the Jail Dogs program, Rashad teaches inmates the basics of service dog training, building on what they have already learned through Operation Second Chance.
Since its inception in 2010, the Jail Dogs program — a partnership between the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and Society of Humane Friends of Georgia that saves dogs from the county’s animal shelter by using inmates to train the animals until they are adoptable — has successfully adopted out more than 400 dogs.
Rashad is hoping that now some of those dogs will go to veterans.
“We’ve been getting dogs from many different places — breeders or shelters, most of our dogs are rescues, whether they’re pure-bred or not,” Rashad said. “About 40 to 50 percent of the dogs that come in can actually do this (service) work, though, so one of the big challenges was getting enough dogs for the veterans. It’s not uncommon to have 600, 700 people on our (wait) list.”