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Reintegration into society: Prison inmates help greyhounds transition from racers to pets

Staff WriterMay 24, 2019



ELOY – Sit. Down. Wait.

More than a dozen inmates at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy spend their days working with former racing greyhounds to understand these commands.

They’re part of a unique program that allows the inmates at the private prison to rehabilitate and train the canines and prepare the dogs to go home with a family.

“Our primary purpose here is to take those K9s and socialize them and get them ready for adoption, and we’ve been doing that through an inmate work program,” Warden Todd Thomas said.

Racing Home Greyhound Adoption, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to finding homes for former racing greyhounds, started the program in 2009.

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