Testimonials from inmates in the shelter dog training program at Grafton Correctional Facility

Lola_faceThe inmates wrote these after Amanda (a client in our program) visited the prison to share her story after she had just adopted Lola, who they trained in her basic/foundational skills. Their voices exposed why Healing Companions, Inc. pursues the work we are deeply committed to. Enjoy:

1. “ It was really great to meet you and extremely touching to hear your story. To see how our work with the dogs can help others makes it worth every moment. It’s hard to sometimes see the dogs leave, but to know the effect they have on others lives is amazing!”

Inmate at GRC


2. “To Amanda, I was very touched to hear that Lola has become so close with you. It reminds me how important my job in training dogs is. You were very inspiring and such a good person and I am truly happy you found a companion and your best friend. I look forward to hear how you and Lola are doing again in the future.”

Sincerely,
Inmate at Grafton Correctional Dog Program


3. “Dear Amanda (and Lola),
I want to thank you for being so brave and ‘coming into our world’ to share your story. Listening to you and actually seeing how one of our dogs has impacted your life has inspired me. Your presence has made a big difference in my life and reason for training dogs; Thank you! Take care and be well.

Inmate at Grafton Correctional Facility


4. “It was nice to meet Amanda and be a part of the program that’s helping with her treatment. She really reminded me of my daughter, so I felt like I could relate with her struggle to interact with people and animals. Thanks for the opportunity to help in some small way. I wish her and Lola all the best.”

Inmate at GRC


5. “Amanda, I am the one that trained Lola here. I just want you to know how happy I am for you and Lola. I also want to thank you for the very nice card and all the pics you gave to me. I’m very grateful that Lola went to someone as caring as you. It was my pleasure to meet you and I hope to see you and Lola again very soon.

Have a great day

Inmate at GRC


6. “To Amanda, I wanted to thank you again for coming to see us and bringing Lola with you. I’m glad that Lola has had such a positive effect on your life. What you had to say made me realize that my life is going in the right direction.”

Inmate at GRC


7. “I am writing in regards to Amanda coming into GRC with her psychiatric service dog in training, Lola. My heartstrings were pulled upon my hearing of Amanda’s story. I was ashamed as a man to hear her heartbreak and trauma by another human. I am so thankful for the people and Lola in her life that helped her in her progress and recovery. She really moved me and I thank her as well.”

Inmate at GRC


8. “Amanda I just wanted to thank you for coming in to see us and sharing with us how Lola has helped you. I’m filled with joy when I hear about the positive effect and help she brings you. I am glad to be a part of that. Thank you.”

Inmate at GRC

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