The Arkansas Department of Correction’s Paws in Prison program will celebrate its first birthday with a fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 20, in the Grand Hall of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. “Bark at Dark” will feature both silent and live auctions, a special demonstration of skills by some of the Paws dogs, a  brief review of some of its success stories, and plenty of  food and fun,” said Shea Wilson, the Arkansas Department of Correction’s communications administrator.

Since Paws in Prison began in December 2011, approximately 130 dogs have been saved from perishing in animal shelters and pounds where they were at risk of being euthanized.

“Just as important, this program is a positive one for inmates,” Wilson said. “They are doing something good for the state, which in turn helps pay back some of the debt caused by their crimes. But, they also are learning new skills and to exercise the patience and responsibility required for training dogs – and welcome the bonus that they receive the companionship and unconditional love dogs can provide. The inmate trainers work hard and do a good job.”