Saint Francis Service Dogs places service dogs with children and adults living with disabilities — but the program would be nothing without a group of prison inmates.
That’s right — this organization partners with the Virginia Department of Corrections and a men’s prison where inmates raise and train the dogs from puppyhood.
You’re about to hear from the inmates themselves as they describe the purpose and hope provided by their four-legged companions.
Everything about this program is incredibly powerful — from the second the inmates take the tiny puppies into their cells and give them names, to the bittersweet goodbye once the dog is ready to go to his or her new home.
Watch the video of these tough prisoners talking baby talk to their canine companions! Shows the gentle side of humanity.