Troubled Youth Learn Compassion By Training Dogs

The Humane Society does a lot of good in the world by helping stop animal cruelty. In honor of our love for animals, we bring you into the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center. The center joined forces with the Humane Society of West Michigan to help improve the lives of both man and animal. The Society's project called, Building Adolescent Responsibility and Compassion (BARC) brings dogs into the center for the youth to train and rehabilitate. The act of training becomes the motivator for them to strengthen their senses of self worth. When they succeed in teaching the dogs a new trick, they experience first hand the rewards of hard work and cooperation. Not only do they learn the meaning of hard work, but also to feel compassion and unconditional love.

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