Dog Tames Wild Side at County Jail
Bob, a 2-year-old dog, was running around Grand Prairie as a stray around New Year’s when Grand Prairie Animal Services and Adoption Center brought him into the shelter.
Bob’s adoption chances aren’t very high. Not only is he a black dog, but he is an American Pit Bull Terrier mix. Like many black Pit Bulls in shelters across the country, Bob is often overlooked because of mistaken beliefs about his color and breed.
Even though Grand Prairie Animal Services (Prairie Paws) knew he would be hard to adopt out, they took a chance on him.
After months of trying to find him a home, Prairie Paws entered him into the Home for Hounds program at the Dallas County Jail. The program involves low-risk inmates training dogs from Prairie Paws in basic commands — like sit, stay, walking on a leash, etc. The dogs are trained for five weeks at the jail and then “graduate” and either get adopted out or returned to the shelter.
Fifteen dogs have graduated from the program so far, and all of the dogs have been adopted — except Bob. Prairie Paws is still determined to find him a good home.
“When I originally took him out for a photo session, I wanted to send Bob packing for the jail. He wouldn’t calm down,” said Tammy Roberts, Prairie Paws Operations Supervisor. “Since he has been back, a lot has changed. He is showing us that he really is a good boy underneath all of that energy; we just couldn’t see it right away because he didn’t have any structure here.”
His trainer at the jail couldn’t agree more.
“I believe everybody deserves a second chance. When I met Bob he was real excited, but he was willing to learn,” Paul C. said. “Bob has a lot of energy and his own sense of humor, but he is loyal and will be your friend for a lifetime.”
The staff at the shelter say he’s definitely one to steal your heart.
“We all have a new found love for Bob,” Roberts said. “He is actually a silly, sweet, smart, loving boy who just needed some one on one attention (like ALL good shelter dogs do) and he surprised us all by how great he really is underneath all of that frustration he was showing us.”
Want to adopt Bob? Fill out an online application.
Learn more about the Home for Hounds program.