Inmate handlers and their dogs took part in a graduation ceremony for Pawsitive Change.

By Lt. Martin Herrera, AA/PIO
Wasco State Prison-Reception Center

WSP-RC inmates said they were grateful for the opportunity to take part in the program.

On Nov, 7, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) held a graduation ceremony for 13 inmates and six dogs after they completed the 12-week Pawsitive Change Inmate Dog Program.

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue implemented the program at WSP-RC in August as part of CDCR’s innovative grant program. The inmates expressed how thankful they were for the program and how it has positively influenced their lives.

They were emotional as they bid farewell to the dogs. The dogs were happiest of all; rescued from a sure death, on this day they were “paroled” to be with their adopters.

Three of the six dogs were adopted by WSP-RC staff and one of the dogs was adopted by the family of the inmate who trained the dog.

Marley’s Mutts started the Pawsitive Change program through an innovative grant.