Institution. Those inmates help learn to train and care for puppies until 2 years of age, when they are placed as an assistance dogs. In June of 2012 they started working in Duluth, MN at the Federal Prison Camp. Besides working with inmates they work with children with autism and children with physical and developmental disabilities, the kids help to socialize the dogs during their training. They also work with veterans who are experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by helping them reconnect with their civilian lives, families and society.
We had the opportunity to meet the founder Linda Ball this weekend at the expo. Linda embodies someone who lives and breathes her organization and their mission. It was refreshing to speak to someone so passionate about a cause that she feels strongly about. This is an amazing opportunity for the city of Duluth to be a part of. We were excited to get the chance to learn about the training they do and to see some of it first-hand.
Here’s a link to the Northland News Center story with an interview with Linda Ball:
If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful
organization, here is their website: