In Victoria Texas,
Juveniles aren’t just
spending time behind
bars to learn from
Victoria Texas Adopt
a pet and Juvenile Justice
Center has teamed up,
to help these teens develop
Alice a brown, black and tan 2-year-old dachshund/terrier
helps with rehabilitation for these teens. Its her
number one job.
“Our hope is they look at it like a positive thing and progress through the levels and take care of the dog,” said Pama Hencerling, chief juvenile probation officer at the Juvenile Justice Center. “Growing up, some of these kids come from homes where nobody cares for them. These pets give them unconditional love.”
The program is an extension of the Juvenile Justice Center’s already-established community service program where the youth inmates volunteer at the Adopt-A-Pet center on Wednesdays.
“We thought it would be a good way to get two community organizations working together,” said Carol Klages, president of the Adopt-A-Pet board, “and we’re trying to give animals a second chance, and we certainly want to give kids a second chance.”
Hencerling estimated there are four similar youth-pet programs throughout the state, but most are day programs.
Devin Olguin, of Williamson County, and DeAndra Moffett, of Dallas County, both 16 and participants in the Juvenile Center’s long-term residential program, received the honor of being Alice’s first trainers.
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