Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 21, 2016

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 21, 2016

Ace

Ace is an adult male Black Lab and Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from BARC Humane Society in Valdosta, GA. He is funny and energetic and gets along with other dogs. Even with his short legs he can jump high to get your attention.

Goldie Valdosta

Goldie is a 4-month old female Labrador Retriever and Bloodhound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Lowndes County Animal Services in Valdosta, GA.

Goldie is a bundle of fun and love!!! She enjoys running in the play yard and is learning to bring the ball back to you after you throw it!!! Goldie will need to be your one and only- she wants all of your love! Already spayed and house broken, so she can move into her new home quite quickly. Goldie is a cutie!

Foxy Lady Valdosta

Foxy Lady is a 4-month old female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Lowndes County Animal Services in Valdosta, GA.

Inmates at the Burruss Correctional Center in Forsyth, Georgia can now work with dogs, learning a career while helping train guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired.

Convicted of vehicular homicide in 2010, 33-year-old William Davis wasn’t expecting to take interest in a new career field during his decade-long sentence in the state Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth.

“I didn’t ever think I’d be hanging out with a dog in prison,” said Davis, who is one of nine inmates currently in the prison’s “Vision Program.” That program gives inmates the opportunity to raise guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired while also taking virtual classes for a veterinary helper certificate from Central Georgia Technical College.

Though Davis is new to the program, which has been around about seven years, he said he’s always been a dog lover. Now that he’s been taught to train dogs, Davis said he has thought about pursuing a career in a canine-related field, such as kennel owner or personal trainer when he is released in 2020.

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, a nonprofit based in New York, provides dogs, a trainer, dog food and supplies to the prison. The inmates teach the dogs verbal commands, obedience and social skills for about a year and a half before the dogs are taken back to New York for formal training prior to being matched with a recipient.

The dogs are with the inmates about 15 hours each day for five days a week, said Cathy Pittman, who oversees the program at the prison. An inmate’s eligibility to participate in the program depends on criminal history, academic level and behavior, Pittman said. On the weekends, the dogs are cared for by a handful of volunteers in Middle Georgia.

While there’s only seven dogs currently at the prison, Pittman said there could be more if more volunteers were willing to help raise one of the puppies on weekends.

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