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Floyd County program lets shelter dogs be ‘Law Dogs’ for a day

Published Oct. 17, 2023, in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For a single day, lonely and overlooked dogs at Floyd County PAWS (Public Animal Welfare Services) get a friend and a little freedom. And maybe, just maybe, it leads to a forever home.

A program by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office gives some lucky dogs at PAWS the chance to see the community for a day and more importantly, they themselves get to be seen.

Law Dog For a Day is the program which allows employees at the sheriff’s office as well as other law enforcement officials to take a dog from PAWS and spend the day with them, allowing them to interact with the public, sometimes leading to adoption.

Cpl. Jeremy Clay said the program has been going on for a little more than a year and they try to do it once a month.

“It came about to raise awareness for the need for adoption,” Clay said. “There are so many animals at PAWS that need a home.”

Depending on the weather, deputies go to PAWS and collect the dogs that will be Law Dogs For a Day. PAWS staff chooses dogs that have the right temperament to interact with the public as well as those dogs that may have been at the shelter the longest.

On a recent Thursday, they took eight dogs out and returned with only two. Six dogs were adopted in one day thanks to the kindness and patience of the deputies.

Click here to read the full article in the AJC online.

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