Photo credit:  Matt Skoufalos, NJPen.com

Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, May 8, 2017... One Love Animal Rescue Group, Inc. (One Love) announced today that the first dogs in the “Friends 4 Vets” pilot project with Camden County Correctional are graduating from the program later this month.

One Love began their “Friends 4 Vets” pilot on February 15, 2017.  The unique training program brings shelter dogs into the correctional facility to live and train with inmates for three months.  Once trained to be Canine Good Citizens, the dogs are matched and adopted to local Veterans in need of a companion.

“We started promoting the program’s concept about two years ago. Every local official we talked to enthusiastically embraced the idea and did whatever they could to move things forward,” commented Sherri Smith, One Love Chairman and Co-founder.  “We owe a great deal of thanks to Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, Senator James Beach, Deputy County Administrator Holly Cass, and Camden County Corrections Director David Owens.  All saw the potential of the program to save dogs, assist inmates, and help Veterans in need, and each one was instrumental in making this happen.”

One Love trainer, Marissa Corbett, owner of Above and Beyond Training in Mount Holly, has developed and executed the program from end to end.   She has led both the inmates and the dogs through a structured training program. 

A graduation ceremony is planned for May 24, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Camden County Correctional Facility for the first two of the five dogs in the pilot program.  Veterans, officials, inmates, and dogs will all be present for the event.

Community support will be essential to the program’s continuation.  A wish list of items needed for the program can be found at http://www.oneloveanimalrescue.org/friends-4-vets.html.

Learn more about our trainer, Marissa Corbett.