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VIDEO: Forsyth County Animal Shelter and Sheriff’s Office Partner to Provide Therapy Dog Adoptions

Pups with Purpose program trains first therapy dog class

During a ceremony held Nov. 17, The Forsyth County Pups with Purpose program introduced seven labradoodles that will serve as the program’s first therapy dog class. Photos from the ceremonial first training session with handlers, as well as remarks from Animal Shelter Manager Cindy Iacopella and Sheriff Ron Freeman, can be found by clicking here.


After training, the dogs will be adopted by handlers from various organizations, including some departments within Forsyth County government, to serve as therapy/service dogs.

Pups with Purpose is a collaboration between the Forsyth County Animal Shelter and the Sheriff’s Office that gives selected inmates an opportunity to provide care and obedience training to dogs provided by the shelter. Along with providing training and homes for the dogs selected for the program, Pups with Purpose also gives the selected inmates an opportunity to enhance their self-worth and aid in their becoming productive citizens upon release.

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