CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The 50th class of Operation New Hope is underway at the Chatham County Sheriff's Complex.
A group of dogs arrived at the complex Monday to undergo training from selected female inmates before they are hopefully adopted into their "fur-ever" homes. The training process will last for the next four weeks.
Inmates will act as their caretakers and trainers, providing the dogs with unconditional love and support. Many of the animals have been abandoned and to the point of near euthanization.
"A lot of them enjoy that opportunity to have that animal with them during the four-week process. They sleep with them, they live with them, they care for them, they work with the trainers to get them all the canine skills," said Pete Nichols, Public Information Officer, Chatham County Sheriff's Office.
Having these animals for this short period of time will also provide inmates with skills that help rehabilitate them into becoming successful returning citizens into the community.
The group of dogs will be available for adoption on Saturday, November 19th.