A Texoma organization is helping at-risk youth and dogs. PAWS For Greatness partners teens with dogs to train the animals for adoption. The youth are paired with homeless shelter dogs from the Wichita County Humane Society. The program helps the animals learn how to respond to human command but at the same time the teens learn life skills.
"The program takes dogs from the Humane Society. It matches those with kids that need some activity. The kids help teach the dogs how to be obedient and the idea is to get the dogs adopted out easier," said Mike Phillips with PAWS For Greatness.
"I'm learning patience," said 12-year-old Derian Gordon.
He comes to the Humane Society four days a week after to school, always looking forward to what the day brings with the dog he's paired with, Sophie.
"On the second day I taught her all the tricks and stuff," said Gordon. "She's been practicing them and she's been really good."
Each of the dogs were evaluated for the program and this month five were chosen to participate. The Humane Society hopes with the program the animals will find their forever home
"The more hands on we can be with our dogs the more adoptable they are the more socialized they are," said Executive Director of the Humane Society, Holly Scheller.
Derian Gordon loves the program so much, he'll back for the next round and encourages other teens to give it a try.
If you're interested in adopting one of the doge be sure to attend the adoption ceremony. It will be held Saturday March 10 from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. All of the dogs will be at Petsmart.
All of the 34 dogs that participated in the program this past year were adopted. Three of the dogs were adopted by their youth trainer. Click here to learn more.