PINE BLUFF, Ark. (July 31, 2015) – Over the past few months, the Arkansas Department of Correction's Paws in Prison pups have tried their hand – er, paws – at art. The result is a series of paintings that are now up for bid in an online auction.
The money raised will go toward the Paws in Prison program, a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters and places them in prison with inmate trainers. Most dogs go through eight to 10 weeks of training before receiving their AKC obedience certification at a graduation ceremony. The dogs also receive vaccinations and are spayed/neutered.
The program started in December 2011. By the end of July, more than 600 Paws in Prison dogs have found forever homes.