Currently, five dogs are being trained by inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center to assist Alaskans with disability. Here are the latest photos of these are young students!
The cat is Emmy, a long-time resident given the task of providing a disincentive to shrews and mice to reside in the greenhouse. The cat is with Cooper, a service dog trainee donated to the program by a breeder in Illinois through connections made with Arctic Paws for Service and Sr. Pauline Quinn. The black lab is Bella. The other trainees are Sophi, Madison and Baylee. It will be as long as a year before the first of these young students graduates and begin a new life as a valued assistant to a disabled owner.
Click on THIS LINK to see Sr. Pauline Quinn’s work with a prison dog program in Poland.