At the Brevard County SPCA in Florida, the students are the teachers.
The Canine Commandos are a group of school students that come to animal shelters throughout the year and work with shelter dogs on basic commands and obedience to make them more adoptable.
Virginia Hamilton started the program as a teacher in 2003. She says the dogs aren’t the only ones learning valuable lessons.
"I have a student that learned a lot about compassion and empathy, which is the No. 1 important thing for these kids to get," Hamilton said.
Of all the dogs trained by the Canine Commandos, 69% of them have found a forever home.
"It’s a dream," Hamilton said. "It’s exactly what I wanted. I didn’t know it was gonna get this big, but it’s awesome."
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