'A new leash on life': Alaqua's Unconditional Love Projects gives unwanted pets a new purpose

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 02:49 PM.

Prisoners must exhibit good behavior before entering the program, which gives them something to work toward, Graves said. At the end of the program, they are certified as a trainer, providing them with a skill to use upon release.

  ‘Great for the pet, Great for the prisoners’

Having a well-behaved and house-trained dog is a major benefit for animal lovers who don't have the time to train. This appealed to Jones, who is a Realtor at Sandestin Golf and Beach resort.

"She's a year and a half, so there's still a little puppy left in her," Jones said. "But she hasn't chewed anything, she doesn't jump and I think she's only barked twice since I've brought her home. She's fantastic."

Jones not only works at Sandestin, but is a resident as well. The community is very dog-friendly, she said.

"Nicole loves riding in the golf cart and walking around the village," Jones said. "I walk her twice a day and it's a great way to meet neighbors. It brings back that small-town feeling."



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