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New program offers second chances for teen inmates and rescued dogs

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -  The Humane Society of Monroe and the Swanson Center for youth have kick started the Second Chance Kennels Program.

It brings four shelter dogs to the Swanson center to attend a training school taught by the teen inmates. Monroe Humane Society President Ellen Hicks says a dog trainer taught the students who qualified for the program a pre-approved curriculum.  "They will learn obedience from the students, they'll get to live and be taught how to walk on a leash and do basic obedience skills," said Hicks.

Each of these dogs will go through a six week training program until they are ready to find their forever homes. Deputy Director of the Center Germaine Simon is the brains behind this idea.

He says with this program, the dogs aren't the only ones learning lessons, the students are too.  "They get the opportunity to learn compassion it's good training for them in general also at the same time it helps them go back in the community and become productive citizens," said Simon.

After a rigorous application process, eight students were chosen and each of those students built these kennels where the dogs will stay. Hicks says the program is a great opportunity for all involved. "That's why we called it second chances, it's a really neat program for the students and it's a great program for the dogs, it's a win win situation," said Hicks.

At the end of each six week cycle four new dogs will go through the program. The Humane Society is still accepting donations for the program, call (318) 387-9553 to find out how.

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