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Happy Tail: A prison dog’s rehabilitation makes him the ideal pet


Happy tails are sometimes bittersweet. The bitter part of this story is that Maureen John and her husband of La Grange, KY, had lost their German Shepherd mix to cancer last year. Maureen’s husband, in particular, wasn’t sure another dog could ever fill the empty spot in their family.


Read Jeter’s adoption story in
Maureen’s own words.

Her husband calls Maureen a “Petfinderaholic,” and true to her pet name, she immediately began searching for a dog on Petfinder.

“For the next seven months I’d print off pictures for my husband,” she says. Time began to heal their hearts. “We finally started to contact rescues within 50 miles in January, but seemed to be constantly missing out. Then it happened; I spotted Jeter’s picture and he was in our own county!”

Jeter was listed on Petfinder by the Humane Society of Oldham County, KY, and was enrolled in the society’s Camp Canine, a program which partners dogs from the shelter with inmates at a local corrections society. The inmates train the dogs, and at the end of the program, the pooches receive their Canine Good Citizenship certificate.

The training really helps adoptions “stick,” meaning that fewer pets are
returned to the shelter because of behavioral issues. In other words,
Jeter and others like him will be in their new homes “FurKeeps.”

The sweet ending here is that Jeter has become a beloved member
of his new family and, Maureen says, is “an incredible ambassador for
adopting your new best friend.”

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