Prison program gives dogs and inmates a new ‘leash’ on life

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Monty’s Home’s Pawsitive Partners Prison Program takes dogs from the Pender County Animal Shelter and brings them to the Pender Correctional Institution to learn all the skills it takes to be adopted into forever homes.

Five dogs of all different breeds and sizes were chosen from the animal shelter. Each was put through a rigorous set of tests by the Prison Program volunteers. Volunteers check for things like temperament and health before picking the final five.

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Those dogs are then loaded into the Monty’s Home van and transported to the Pender Correctional Institution where they are each paired up with an inmate dog trainer. The inmates then spend the next eight weeks working with the dogs. They teach them all the basic commands and even a few tricks.

The dogs and the inmates form a deep bond throughout the process. They share a similar dream for a second chance in the future.

At the end of the program there is a graduation for the pets, with a special surprise at the end. Almost every dog had a family waiting at the ceremony to take them home with them.



The inmates agree that working with the dogs is a way to help them positively spend their time in prison while giving back to their community. Many even say ths is a life changing experience for them and one that they will never forget.

The Pawsitive Partners Prison Program has a 100% adoption rate. Every dog that has gone through the program has been adopted out throughout the Cape Fear to families who will love and care for them.

The Prison Program gives skills, experience, and most of all hope to those who need it most.

For more on how to adopt a dog from the Pawsitive Partners Prison Program click HERE.