By California Men’s Colony Staff
Led by Lt. Patrick Noland at the California Men’s Colony, a number of inmates have created the formula to funding their service dog program.
Not a dog handler himself, inmate Bobby Braggs proposed the idea of a volunteer recycling program to the New Life K9s’ Lt. Noland as a means to fund their program’s daily costs, as well as a way for Braggs to make amends for his crime, his victim being a profound dog lover.
Since its inception, the NLK9s volunteer recycling program has grown considerably, now with a total of 26 inmate volunteers between all four yards, and a growing support from Correctional Officers who assist with the efforts of all involved.
To date, the recycling program has raised $4,042. All proceeds have gone toward providing the program canines with the daily needs of any well cared for puppies: treats, toys, educational tools and grooming supplies. The funds have also been responsible for providing the program with video recording equipment, making it possible for the program to record daily teaching sessions.
This will allow for the outside organization and the inmate handlers to view footage, give and receive feedback, and foster a learning environment in the name of preparing future full access service dogs for veterans and first responders who live with Post Traumatic Stress.
As the CMC service dog program is under a 501 (c) (3), New Life K9s of SLO, their success relies heavily upon the generosity of donors. Their volunteer recycling program not only promotes self-sustainability, the community efforts of the recycling crew and staff at CMC speaks to the power of the human capacity of resourcefulness. Not to mention, it’s environmentally responsible.
One person’s aluminum can leads to the well-being of another person’s service dog.
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To learn more about the NLK9s service dog program, visit newlifek9s.org.