Inmates at the Gadsden Correctional Facility are training retired racing Greyhounds to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Gadsden Correctional Facility is an all-female facility that houses 1,541 medium and minimum custody inmates.
“It’s a win-win situation,” said Warden Sergio Molina. “We not only save these beautiful animals from being put to sleep, we also help veterans who are having a hard time transitioning from war.”
The correctional facility partnered with the National Greyhound Foundation’s (NGF) Second Chance at Life program. The program provides inmates an opportunity to train retired racing Greyhounds and in the process, learn compassion, teamwork, and vocational skills. In return, the newly trained Greyhounds are more suitable for adoption, reducing their chances of being put to sleep.
Warden Molina added, “We decided to take this wonderful program and make it even more valuable. We call it the Purple Heart Greyhounds; a first-of-a-kind program. When veterans return home from war, their lives are forever changed. They have given so much to their country. Now it is our turn to give back to them.”
GCF currently has four Greyhounds, Sox, Nickel, Brix, and Guypo, in the beginning phase of the program. During their four to six month training process, inmates will teach the dogs skills that will help veterans better deal with PTSD.
“It’s amazing what these animals can do,” said Warden Molina. “They help veterans reduce anxiety, depression, and dependence on pain medication. They also give them a chance to be more social and help them have a more positive outlook on life and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Seventeen inmates at the Gadsden facility are involved with the Purple Heart Greyhounds program.
The Gadsden Correctional Facility is a minimum/medium security prison located in Quincy, Florida. The facility opened its doors in April 1995. MTC took over management in August 2010. The all female facility has a capacity of 1,609 inmates and provides rehabilitative programming, life skills, and reentry services for all inmates. The facility is an active member of the community, including the chamber of commerce and many local charities.
For more information contact: Warden Sergio Molina- 850-875-9701 or firstname.lastname@example.org