Shelter Me: Project trains homeless dogs to be police K-9s

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Watch the report from Action News at 9 a.m. on June 17, 2017. (WPVI)

In this week's Shelter Me we meet former shelter dogs who have been given a second chance and a job.

The Throw Away Dogs Project trains homeless dogs to be police dogs.

"I wanted to re-purpose shelter rescue dogs, give them a second chance," said Carol Skaziak, President and Founder of Throw Away Dogs.

And, as the wife of a police officer, Skaziak knows that many police departments can't afford a trained dog.

"These little departments that don't have 10-15 thousand dollars to spend on a dog," said Bruce Myers, Supervising Trainer for the Department of Corrections.

Skaziak also sees mutual benefit for the dogs.

"You're giving a dog a new life, you're giving a dog a family, you're giving a dog a job," Skaziak said.

She has donated 17 dogs since 2014, and has four more training to become narcotic canines with the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

And all the dogs are doing absolutely great.

"They don't consider it working. It is all positive play for these dogs," said Skaziak.

And it's the high energy dogs that are often hard to place that make the perfect police dogs.

"We are looking for prey drive, we are looking for hunt drive, dogs that love balls, that want to play, that want to be loyal," said Skaziak.

If you want to learn more about Throw Away Dogs you can visit the Throw Away Dogs Project website.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abcshelterme and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

We'll be featuring your stories on upcoming Shelter Me segments.

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