CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) -- A first of its kind program in New Jersey is pairing shelter dogs with county inmates, all for a worthy cause.
This was a graduation ceremony Monday for some selected rescue dogs who were trained to be a comfort companions for local veterans in need.
Their trainers, various inmates from the Camden County jail.
The program is called "Friends for Vets", a ground-breaking initiative that is changing the lives of all involved.
The inmates say they've found a purpose during their incarceration.
The veterans in need of service animals will have a constant companion and the dogs, of course, will have forever homes.
The program, now in its 2nd year, is sponsored by the Camden County board of freeholders.
Camden County jail "Friends for Vets" graduation