Amazing Doc on Prison Dog Program

Prison Dog Program Documentary
Amazing Doc on Prison Dog Program
Must-see series "Saving Castaways"

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Filmmaker Andrew Wright of Wright Brothers Films is documenting the transformation of dogs and offenders involved in the Colorado Correctional Industries Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program in a documentary series called “Castaways.” In the first segment, an abused chocolate Lab named Esther is brought to Stevens by the National Mill Dog Rescue, cowering and peeing from fear as she is lifted into a van. Wright filmed Esther five weeks later wagging her tail, chasing balls, and generally acting like a Lab for her trainer, Jason Mayo.

“When he took that ball and threw that ball to her—the hair still raises up on my arms every time I think of it,” Wright says. “These stories need to be told.” He says it is inspiring to film the offenders and learn the ways the dog training program is changing their lives.

“It’s all through this bond of a man and a dog,” he says. “They’re as cast away as the dog is a castaway.”

He hopes people will watch Esther’s video at savingcastaways.com and share it with their friends to help increase public awareness and even start a movement. “People will start saying, ‘Why isn’t this program in my state, or my local detention facility?” he says. “It does work.” For more on this amazing series, go to: wrightbrosfilms.com or savingcastaways.com.

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This program is awesome, not only do they take abandon dogs they also train dogs that families can take to the program for 4 weeks.
I took my grand dog and the offender that worked with him did wonderful, totally different dog. Im grateful to have a program like this. After "Ace" went through the program we were told that we could also board him if needed in the future (Alumni Dogs) are always welcome.. Again im very grateful for this program and the awesome job they did with my grand dog....
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 17:37
When I served as Chairman of the Texas Prison System we started a prison dog program at two female units. One of the units now bears my name. Both units are in Gatesville, Texas, and the program, called "Patriot PAWS" is amazing. Many of the women, due to their training with dogs, have gone on to receive jobs upon release with vet clinics and kennels. They give the trained dogs to disabled veterans. It is a wonderful win for everyone - as you say. Thanks for doing this article on a very very important program!
Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:38

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