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New Leash on Life Coming To Dare County

Post Date:01/09/2017 10:00 a.m.

The Dare County Veterans Advisory Council has been working with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Rehabilitation Programs and Services to bring a program called “A New Leash On Life” to Dare County.

“A New Leash on Life” is a program that allows minimum and medium custody state prisons to partner with local animal shelters, animal welfare agencies, and/or private non-profit agencies to train dogs in preparation for adoption. In turn, the inmates are given a chance to serve the community by training dogs to be well-behaved pets.

The Veterans Advisory Council will host North Carolina Department of Public Safety Program Director LaKeshia Jones at their meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3pm at the Dare County Administration Building. She will be giving a presentation on the “A New Leash On Life” program with an emphasis on service dogs.

“For more than 12 years, dog training programs in our state prison system have been providing work opportunities and teaching inmates valuable skills, while saving many dogs who might not otherwise be adopted,” said North Carolina Department of Public Safety Program Director LaKeshia Jones. “Training service dogs is a growing area of emphasis, where our inmates have had good success. We are looking to expand this portion of our prison dog training program to provide specialized trained dogs to assist people with qualifying disabilities (to include PTSD or related conditions) in hopes of helping to normalize the lives of the recipients.”

The Dare County Veterans Advisory Council started looking into the program when a need was identified to find a service dog for a local Veteran.

“After the Veterans Advisory Council learned of this valuable program, we wanted to bring it to Dare County,” said Dare County Veterans Advisory Council Chairman Jack Leonard. “We are looking forward to hosting the presentation and hope that in the future we can assist Veterans, inmates and dogs in bettering their lives. We are excited to get started.”

The Veterans Advisory Council invites the Dare County Board of Commissioners, the Dare County Animal Shelter, Dare County Veterans, and the local community to attend this meeting to learn more about the “A New Leash on Life” program.

The Veterans Advisory Council helps Dare County Veterans by serving as a liaison with the community in coordinating services and activities benefiting Veterans and their families.

For more information about the Veterans Advisory Council or the upcoming meeting, please contact the Dare County Veterans Service Office at (252) 475-5604.

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