By Lt. Michael Dunn, AA/PIO
Central California Women’s Facility
Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) recently welcomed Little Angels Service Dogs (LASD) of San Diego in a partnership to train service dogs for disabled citizens.
Little Angels Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization of trainers and volunteers who work to provide highly trained dogs to assist disabled children and adults throughout the United States.
The dogs are trained to assist in a variety of ways to help with daily tasks and to increase independence. The training program consists of a 12- to 18-month period where 15 inmate/trainers will prepare the selected dogs for placement with disabled recipients.
CCWF will start with six 5-month-old puppies in the program.
Warden (A) Janel Espinoza said, “The service dog program provides a positive connection and a sense of purpose for the women’s community.”