A lot of hardworking pups had a special day on Thursday!

Since 2015, volunteers from the Connecticut Prison Greyhound Program have worked with young offenders at Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire.

Together, they train and socialize greyhounds who have retired from racing.

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The greyhounds who’ve retired from racing don’t know how to live life as everyday dogs, so they need to be taught life skills, like climbing stairs.

Capt. Joanna Salvatore at Manson Youth said, “This program helps the inmate’s responsibilities, it just prepares them for the next step out of here… they have the training to work with dogs, so it just keeps them motivated.”

Divontaye, an inmate, has attended 11 greyhound graduations. He said, “It means a lot. I’ve never really accomplished much in my life because I came here at a very young age, so to see these dogs training and getting adopted to a home that  will love them, it means a lot.  It means I’m doing something right. “

Once the greyhounds complete their training and graduate, they’re ready for their “fur-ever” home.