Female inmates, rescue dogs get 2nd chance, thanks to Metro program

Second Chances-Offender Dog Program
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A graduation was held Tuesday for the Second Chances-Offender Dog Program in Nashville.

Four dogs have now completed program in which Davidson County offenders care for and train rescue dogs in their cells to prepare them for adoption.

Singer and songwriter Emmylou Harris joined Sheriff Daron Hall for the ceremony.

Her non-profit pet rescue will provide adoption services for the Second Chances graduates.

“There’s no better feeling in the world when you take a dog that may otherwise have been euthanized and give them a chance at a forever home,” Harris told News 2. “You’re helping the dog, but I also believe you’re helping the human who adopts them.”

The vision of the program is to provide female offenders with the skills needed to redefine both their lives and the lives of the rescued dogs.

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