DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Prisoners in Dallas County are taking time to train dogs as part of a rehabilitation program that is new to North Texas.READ MORE: Fort Worth Residents Concerned About Plans To Replace Nearly 100-Year-Old Forest Park Pool
Thomas Chambers is a Dallas County inmate and one of ten who are tasked with training five rescue dogs from an area shelter.
“We wake up with the dog. We sleep with the dog,” said Chambers.READ MORE: Cook Children’s Halts Elective Surgeries Due To Staff, Bed Shortages During COVID-19 Surge
The goal of the program called Home for Hounds is for people to help animals and for animals to help people.
“It teaches responsibility and accountability,” said Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. “They have to get up real early in the morning, take those dogs out cause this dog is not gonna wait.”MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccines Don't Impact Fertility, But The Virus Does, Doctors Say
The other goal of the program is to train the dogs so they can be adopted into forever families.