America’s Vet Dogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps, Inc.
The Planet Dog Foundation has provided multi-year support to America’s VetDogs’ Massachusetts Prison Puppy Program. Collectively, inmates from various Massachusetts correctional facilities along with local volunteer weekend puppy raisers train future service dogs to assist our nation’s veterans with disabilities. Specially selected inmates raise and train puppies to become service dogs and increase the number of dogs that are matched and placed with applicants. Prison-raised dogs enter advanced training already equipped with basic service-related tasks, allowing instructors to immediately begin teaching advanced skills – resulting in a shorter wait time for injured veterans. The program not only raises the quality of life for wounded veterans and keeps them active in their own communities, but also has a positive impact on the inmate population as a whole.