T.J.J.D PAWS Program
In 2017, Donna started working with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) full-time, taking the reins for administration of the P.A.W.S. (Pairing Achievement with Service) program from its founder, Cris Burton, after his retirement in July 2018.
Cris co-founded the PAWS program in 2010 at the Ron Jackson State School in Brownwood, Texas. Since that time, the program has grown to include the Giddings State School and the Gainesville State School and now partners with local shelters, serving up to 34 boys and girls with dogs at one time across the state of Texas.
The dogs live full-time with the youth in their cells and the youth work towards training the dogs to passing their American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test. Through working with the dogs, the youth learn relationship skills, patience, perseverance, communication, and empathy.
PAWS also had a very successful partnership with Service Dogs, Inc., doing the foundation training for service dog candidates for people with mobility and hearing challenges. Click HERE for more information and a heart-warming video.
This program is a new and exciting challenge for Donna and she is very excited to help this program grow and improve. Check out the PAWS Facebook page to keep up with the latest!