In Louisiana, a program From the Big House To Your House aims to make shelter dogs more adoptable by teaching them important companion and service skills. But the program doesn't just teach dogs; it teaches prisoners as well. Canines selected for training are taught by state prison inmates, who learn valuable lessons by working with the dogs. The program, which is currently only in Louisiana, also has huge benefits for people who need service dogs but cannot afford to buy a canine assistant.
Jaymee Randell is one of those people. Randell spent years looking for a support dog who could help her live on her own, but the $8,000-$9,000 cost was too much for her to spend. But now, thanks to From the Big House To Your House, Randell has Blondie, a service dog trained to assist the hearing impaired. Because Blondie was rescued from a shelter and trained in the prison program, she only cost a $100 donation fee to adopt. So, when Randell found a picture of Blondie online several months ago, she found a dog that could finally be hers -- until she learned that Blondie had already been adopted.