“Second Chance” sets out to do just that for at-risk teens and shelter dogs.
The Human Animal Interaction and Educational Advocates program pairs the youths who need community service hours with a shelter dog that has behavioral issues.
The program collaborates with Collin County Truancy court judge John Payton and Plano Animal Services.
“Second Chance” hopes to teach the humans responsibility and accountability, and the canines some manners and basic commands.
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“Animals really do have this ability to heal," program founder Cathy Smith told WFAA.
Glen Gager and 90-pound pit bull Rocky were paired together last year, and it changed both of their lives.
Before the program, Gager told the station he was skipping school, and Rocky was homeless. But a year later, Gager said he changed his life around and also adopted Rocky.
"He's goofy and I'm goofy, it's perfect," Gager told the station.
Students are required to have 100 percent attendance in the 5-week program and have three evening sessions a week.
Dogs learn basic commands like “come,” “sit,” “stay” and work on their manners.
The program wrote on its GoFundMe page, it wants to expand to other court programs and other shelters, but it first needs to raise $8,200.